I’ve been waiting for this! Allie (A Literary Odyssey) is hosting a Modernist Literature event this March, and I’ve been saving two books specifically for it. Now, the announcement post is up and I can officially “plan” my reading. I will absolutely get through these two texts, but hopefully I’ll manage to get through one or two extra. Spring Break is in March, but I have papers and presentations due for class that month, too, so who knows?
Important Note: This is for Modernist Literature / Literature of the Modernist Period. It is not for contemporary fiction, what some might call “modern” or “current.”
ANYHOO! The books I plan to read are:
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
If I have time, I might also tried to read some poetry, perhaps The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot.
Allie says of Modernism:
If you have no idea what constitutes a piece of “Modern” literature (and whenever I say Modern, I don’t mean contemporary lit), it generally refers to literature written between the very late 19th century and the halfway point of the 20th century. In general, Modernist writers experimented with style, form, and theme. They broke away from the traditional viewpoints found in literature until that point and strove to focus on the darker and more unpleasant sides of life. This is also the time period where stream-of-consciousness made its roaring appearance.
I would also add, some things to look for are the lack of religion in these works (conspicuous, given the fact that much of the literature in periods before Modernism were rife with religion & religious morality) and also the fascination with “the new.”
Thanks to Allie for hosting – I’m ready to go!