Modern to Postmodern Literature

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Key Ideas and Themes

Post WWII and the beginnings of the Cold War. The Civil Rights Movement was starting to pick up popularity and pace (1954 - Brown vs. Board of Education, 1955 - Rosa Parks was arrested). Feminism was starting to come around as well, with the first birth control and employment.

Prominent and Influential Authors

Civil Rights Movement

Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964 : There can be no discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin

Post World War II movement

  • Abstract Expressionism

    • American Style of art that influenced similar European movements such as Tachisme

  • Pop Art

    • A reaction against Abstract Expressionism

Animal Rights

  • The period after World War II, the decline of agriculture was prominent.

  • The Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) was established in 1955 to lobby for the first federal Humane Slaughter Act (passed in 1958)

  • The question was no longer, “Can they reason or talk?” but, “Can they suffer?”

  • Woman make up 75% of animal rights activists

  • How animals are treated

  • Can we experiment on animals?
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Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #35 (1979)

This photograph discusses feminism in that is questions how women have been portrayed in movies, photography, and art.
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Farfetched Fables (1950) - George Bernard Shaw

This play is a compilation of six acts, in which George Bernard Shaw outlines several of his most idiosyncratic personal ideas. There are some WWII influences within

"Violent unabashed prejudices of an eccentric".

Far Fetched Fables

References to Advancements

Women's Rights - a string of feminist centered literature occurred after WWII.

Genetic Mutation - people could now alter themselves or their children in the womb.

Robots - robots and the idea of AI (artificial intelligence) was a popular subject.