Class Blog #6 – Modernity

The twentieth century was filled with war and revolution, but also progress. This era is noted having focused heavily on the idea of modernity, almost to the point of obsession. This passion for constant progress was seen in the arts, literature, technology and science. It seemed that in this era, society was dead-set on the idea of mastering this idea of modernity. I think this passion for mastery and understanding of the progress that was happening around them stemmed from a past experience. When thinking back in time, specifically to the Victorian Era, they also faced the similar issue of progression. The Industrial Revolution had just ended, and under Queen Victoria, people entered a new era. This age of transition seemed to be a very jarring thing for the population. By the end of the Queen’s reign, population had increased over three times. In literature of the time, it was evident that the Victorians struggled with their place in history and the idea of modernity. I believe it was due to this past experience that the Modernist movement took the idea of progression and mastery so seriously.

One Response to “Class Blog #6 – Modernity”

  1. Kim Sasser says:

    I wonder how we might see the dislocation among modernist space/time/subject as implicitly arguing with the idea of progress, even its possibility? How does a Gregor Samsa’s complete inability to master space and objects/others call this ideal in to question, for example. In this light, we see modernists as opposing modernity/modernization.

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