Modernism was found in works of literature from the years of approximately 1915-1945.
Modernism is not isolated to just literature but can also be found in art and other forms of expression. This was a time where people were facing different realities and exposing the apparent falsities in religion and also in life in general. This was a very blunt time where things seemed very bleak as people started to believe that life was meaningless. In many modernist works man creates artificial things and machines to impose meaning because meaning does not already exist. Traditional forms are disregarded and new forms replace them. Works of modernism are often short, compounded works where reality is not sugar coated. They are told from a first person perspective to enforce the idea that there is no true objective reality, only each individual perception of it. Some American modernists are Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
Written by Kendall Jordan Caputo