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Literature after 1900

The first decade of the 20th century was like the calm before the storm in a century that was overshadowed by conflict and war all across the world.

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The dramatic events of the decades to come would hold a massive potential for inspiration and material for novelists, poets, and painters. Many artists of modernism turned their backs to the chaos and turmoil around them, and sought inward for a new understanding of life and a new approach to art. “The lost generation” as they were called, had a dejected and pessimist attitude to the ways of the world, and their quest was to create something new. Here you will find articles about central authors such as: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot and Ernest Hemingway.

In the mid- to late 20th century, Postmodernism describes a broad movement in the world of the arts, which rejected the ideas of modernism and sought to question the very concept of “knowledge” and “truth”, asking: can we really know? All in all, it is extremely difficult to create a set of terms or categories to summarise literature in the 20th and 21st century. Our selection of diverse authors and texts are a testimony to this.

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