The Fallout After World War 1 And The Great Depression

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The fallout after the World War 1 and the Great Depression saw the emergence of a literary preoccupation with the idea of fragmentation, and a 'cubist application ' to literature as a means of representing the 20th Century 'modern ' reality. Authors, poets, artists etc saw; cubism, expressionism and fragmentation as the best vehicles to depict the incomplete, broken lives of their subjects. With both modern and post modern literature making a conscious break away from previous realism, 20thC literature employed and explored subjectivism, whereby the author turned from the typical external reality to the inner consciousness of a character or subject, to reflect a motif/ theme as a whole. Modernist literature did so by exploring fragmentation in terms of narrative, how a character was constructed, the formation of passages and chapters, and how events unfolded. This typically surmounted to the creation of a sense of a chaotic universe, metaphysically unfounded, laced with the subconscious fears of characters and notions of alienation. This was successfully created by reconsidering and challenging the established conventions of 'perspective '. Illustrated through 'relativity ', artists combined visual consideration and memory into a concentrated 'still ' which they felt best documented the age in an abstract form, but which was wholly all the more realistic. This form was not only retained for art but stretched into prominent literature; several authors best deployed
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