MODERN ENGLISH NOVEL: THE LEADING TRAITS AND VOICES

Abstract

Author(s): Zafer SAFAK

Modernism can be defined through the shift of appreciation and perception of diverging spheres of life ranging from architecture to literature. Though characteristically associated with technology and with the pace or acceleration of life, modern art, particularly the modern fiction, ultimately produced artists challenging the taken-forgranted truths, attacking taboos and rejecting social norms and moral codes. Modern writers were hopeful in the foundation of a solid and thriving society through the utilization of values of the past yet the mass destruction and profound sense of grief caused by the war demolished their faith in humane values. Lacking a mainstay to base their arguments on an egalitarian society, literature of the age are rich in rebellious characters with the senses of alienation and insecurity. Within the mainstream of such themes as discontent and disintegration of society, writers came up with new technics as well for the depiction of reality. The objective of this study is to present a concise panorama of modern novel including its leading traits, prominent themes and styles, highlights of modern literature and representative works.

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