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Realism, Romanticism, Modernism

Eric Hayot

in On Literary Worlds

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926695
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926695.003.0009
Realism, Romanticism, Modernism

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This chapter lays out a theory of modern literary history as a series of linked responses to the modern world-view. Far from designating the concrete reactions that govern any specific and historical human community, the logical qualities of the responses aim to describe the empty slots and possibilities that necessarily obtain in relation to all propositions, and hence to all human communities in which propositions are made. The responses are generally described in relation to the general modern world-view outlined so far. The Realistic, Romantic, and Modernist modes are discussed.

Keywords: modern literary history; world-view; logical responses; Realism; Romanticism; Modernism

Chapter.  6202 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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