Literary Movements Vocabulary Flashcards


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Puritanism

Emphasizes obedience to God and consists mainly of journals, sermons, and poems. (1620-1770)

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Neoclassicism

Held that people can arrive at truth by using reason rather than relying on the authority of the past, the authority of the Church, or an institution. (1770-Early 1800s)

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Romanticism

Romanticized freedom from rules, solitary life rather than life in society, the beliefs that imagination is superior to reason, love of and worship of nature, and the past, especially the myths and mysticism of the Middle Ages. (early 1800s-1850)

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Realism

Attempts to depict life accurately without idealizing or romanticizing it. (1850-1915)

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Impressionalism

Advocates a recording of the author’s personal impressions of the world, rather than a strict representation of reality. (1870-1890)

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Regionalism

Focuses on a specific geographic setting and reproduces the speech, behavior, and attitudes of the people who live in that region. (1884-early 1900s)

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Modernism

Influenced by WWI. Bold and new experimental styles and forms. Supports the belief that there is a purpose for life and that life should be viewed subjectively. (1920-1945)

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Postmodernism

Influenced by WWII. Characterized by advancements in technology and different media formats. Believes that all things are irrational and based on chance. (1945-....)