Sunday, October 18, 2009

For Further Discussion: Modernism in Williams's work

In case any of you wanted to further discuss the connection between Modernist literature and Williams's Spring and All, I have included the definition of Modernism I shared in class:

a. "The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life.[1]


Once again, this definition comes from sociologist Georg Simmel and the Modernist period lasted approximately from 1900s-1920s.

1 comment:

  1. Just a word of warning -- while I'm a fan of Wikipedia in principle, it is definitely not a good authority on modernism. The Wikipedia nerds are correct when they write that "[t]his article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject." Also, let's be careful to distinguish between modernism and modernity.

    Notice too that Simmel's little epigram is not a definition of either one.

    Simmel's worth checking out in his own right, by the way.


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