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Key Terms Explained

Just a wee reminder of the some of the thematic terminology discussed in class:

Modernism

The name given to the artistic movement at the beginning of the twentieth century. Much literature at this time focused on the theme of alienation within society, and critiqued modern life. Notable figures are; T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, Virgina Woolf.

Meliorism

The belief that human effort and advancement will result in progress which will lead to an improvement in society’s quality of life. Modernist works can be seen to disagree with this.

Nihilism

A belief that life is essentially meaningless or without purpose.

Patriotism

A devotion to one’s country.

Propaganda

A form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument.

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