deliberate and radical break with western art and culture
unexampled scope and rapidity of change
Periods of American Literature 1865-1914
moving away from the romantic period and grounding novels in actual places
Periods of American Literature 1914-1939
when modern literature emerged
prominent American writers in the decade following WWI (G. Stein)
a mode of representing human life and experience in literature (teacup tragedy)
gives more accurate depictions of reality (harsher)
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