Modernism And Its Impact On Society

917 WordsMay 4, 20164 Pages
After the events of WWII, to say that America had changed drastically was an understatement; with the entirety of the Cold War, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and all the other political strife at home and abroad, America during this time could be considered an era of conflicting ideals. As a result of this change of times, literature changed it’s perspective; effectively, the transition from modernist ideals to postmodernist ideals. Much like modernism, however, post-modernism offered to reject ideals presented by both prior literary trends and the popular ideas of their time; yet for postmodernism, the rejection mostly dealt with homogeneity (a conformed universal standard defined by advancements in American quality of life) and how literature deconstructs the ideas of homogeneity (Byam 2259-2260). Yet many of these deconstructions during this era ended up clashing due to increased influences of psychological and sociological advancements, which gave better understanding of human nature; which then lead to a major schism between literary writers and critics. As a result, many writers during that era flourished from that clash of ideals (albeit long after their works were published); yet one, in particular, stands out: Flannery O’Connor. Specifically, O’Connor is a notable postmodernist American writer out of her own take of the movement: a witty deconstruction of conventional regionalist tropes. Flannery O’Connor, to briefly summarize her life, was born in Savannah, Georgia
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