Read, review, and annotate Howe’s “The Culture of Modernism” article
with the intention of defining modernism and/or answering the questions:
what are the characteristics of modernist art and literature and what
is the historical context and influences on the culture and artistic
output during the modernist period? Make notes in an
evidence/interpretation log, like this:
Characteristic Evidence Source
disturbing “chooses subjects that disturb the audience and threaten its most cherished sentiments
Outlining at least 5 characteristics of modernist art and literature,
including values, aesthetics, and historical context. Tell us what page
in Howe’s article you are drawing this from.
Let’s try to get a comprehensive list with as little repetition as
possible; use evidence from all pages of the article. We will use these
responses through the rest of this module and your Modernism Essay.
Analyzing Modernist Literature 1: Hemingway
Read Hemingway’s “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place and annotate it, looking for aspects that match Howe’s definition of modernism.
A) List three examples of how you think this story fits the
definition with specific quotations from the story. Use an MLA in-text
citation to identify the source of the quotation. Also identify the page
on which this characteristic appears in Howe’s article. For example:
Howe defines modernist literature as “dark” and “disturbing” (1); we see
this in Hemingway’s story when the waiter discuss the old man’s
attempted suicide (3). (Don’t use these examples.)
B) Explain any aspect of the story that you think doesn’t fit our definition of modernism