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deliberate and radical break with western art and culture

High modernism

unexampled scope and rapidity of change

Periods of American Literature 1865-1914

Realistic Period

Realistic Period

moving away from the romantic period and grounding novels in actual places

Periods of American Literature 1914-1939

when modern literature emerged

Lost Generation

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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