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Модернизам и Први светски рат
Modernism and World War I

the break-with-tradition thesis in context

Author(s): Dunja S. Dušanić
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Институт за књижевност и уметност
Keywords: World War I;Modernism;Serbian modernist literature.;

Summary/Abstract: This article offers a reassessment of the much debated issue of the influence of World War I on postwar modernism. By tracing the echoes of the representation of World War I as a radical rupture with the pre-war past in literary criticism and public discourse, it argues that the connection between this representation and Modernism’s claim to re-evaluate literary tradition was established posthoc as a result of several sets of factors. In order to illustrate this, a comparative perspective is adopted, including examples from Serbian, French and British literary criticism, and Modernist, as well as non-Modernist, representations of the war in the fiction of the 1920s and 1930s.

  • Issue Year: 47/2015
  • Issue No: 156
  • Page Range: 121-141
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Serbian