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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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modernismmod‧ern‧is‧m /ˈmɒdənɪzəm $ ˈmɑːdər-/ noun [uncountable]  AAAVa style of art, building etc that was popular especially from the 1940s to the 1960s, in which artists used simple shapes and modern artificial materialspost-modernism the rise of modernism in Parismodernist adjective, noun [countable] the modernist school
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modernismA frequent accusation levelled against the nouveau roman and, indeed, both modernism and postmodernism is their apolitical nature.Fragmentation and alienation quickly entered the visual vocabulary of artists associated with early modernism.Henceforth modernism would be the star of western art while traditionalism was increasingly ignored.Hence Paris modernism was able to persist as a vital and radical force.And that Parisian modernism did indeed represent a deepening Enlightenment rationality.And what is she peddling, post feminism, post modernism, post your answers in a plain pink envelope?The first of these is devoted to systematic consideration of what modernism is.
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