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Characteristics of Postmodernism

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In or about December, 1910

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female gothic    

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Horror

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What was the most important genre of the Victorian period?    

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gothic conventions     

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Important works of Blake during the Industrial Revolution    

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When did the Industrial Revolution happen?    

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In or about December, 1910

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Modernism    

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Modernism    

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Characteristics of Postmodernism

self-reflexive playfulness

irony and parody as fundamental cultural attitudes

the collapse of the distinction between high and low art

interest in pastiche (imitation and mingling of earlier fashions and style)

disavowal of ‘grand narratives’ (metanarratives)

blurring between reality and hyper-reality

a penchant for non-linear narratives

the predominance of visual culture

tendency towards disorientation

British Literature

In or about December, 1910

Nor has any generation more need than ours to cherish its
contemporaries. We are sharply cut off from our
predecessors. A shift in the scale […] has shaken the fabric
from top to bottom, alienated us from the past and made
us perhaps too vividly conscious of the present. Every day
we find ourselves doing, saying, or thinking things that
would have been impossible to our fathers.”

(Virginia Woolf

British Literature

female gothic    

first used by Ellen Moers in Literary Women (1976)

focus on the persecuted heroine, her flight from imprisonment, and search for a lost mother

birth and the trauma associated with birth

not linked to the sex of the author but understood as an individual mode of representation

British Literature

Horror

M. G. Lewis, The Monk: A
Romance (1796)

explicit threats

(gross) violence

visceral experience

British Literature

Terror    

e. g. Ann Radcliffe, The
Mysteries of Udolpho: A
Romance (1794)

obscure dangers

anxious suspense

psychological experience

British Literature

What was the most important genre of the Victorian period?    

The novel

introduction of steam engine presses in print

during Victoria’s reign, some 3,500 authors published a total of 40,000 novels in Britain alone

consistent increase in novels published throughout the
century (up to 1750: 100 per year; by 1825: 600 per year;
by 1900: 6,000 per year)

British Literature

gothic conventions     

sublime landscapes with ruinous castles

in a Catholic country of Southern Europe

aristocratic villains

over-sensitive heroines

a fragmented and convoluted narrative with multiple (often unreliable) narrators

Chinese-box-structure

doubles (doppelgänger) and other ghostly apparitions

family secrets and curses

British Literature

Important works of Blake during the Industrial Revolution    

Songs of Innocence (1789) (The Lamb, The Little Black Boy, The Chimney Sweeper, Infant Joy)

Songs of Experience (1795) (Nurse’s song, The Chimney Sweeper) companion pieces to the earlier volume

British Literature

When did the Industrial Revolution happen?    

1760-1850

Beginning: 

1764:  Invention of Spinning Jenny
by James Hargreaves

Ending: 

1851: Great Exhibition of the Works
of Industry of All Nations

British Literature

In or about December, 1910

Nor has any generation more need than ours to cherish its
contemporaries. We are sharply cut off from our
predecessors. A shift in the scale […] has shaken the fabric
from top to bottom, alienated us from the past and made
us perhaps too vividly conscious of the present. Every day
we find ourselves doing, saying, or thinking things that
would have been impossible to our fathers.”

(Virginia Woolf

British Literature

Modernism    

Modernism as a European literary movement from 1890 to
1940 (with its heyday in the 1920s)

stylistic term to denote a way of representing the world

British Literature

Modernism    

Modernism as a European literary movement from 1890 to
1940 (with its heyday in the 1920s)

stylistic term to denote a way of representing the world

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