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					                                                                                                          Name: Leighann Ngo
                                                                                                          Advanced Placement World Literature
Any –ism is difficult to define         Modernism and
because it often refers to a broad
group of ideas without clearly          A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen
defined boundaries. Modernism is
no exception, but the term has taken hold to describe a shift in view that began around the second
half and extended at least into the first part of the twentieth century. Not limited to literature,
modernism can describe a wide range of disciplines. Use at least three different resources to begin
forming a concept of modernism, then in your own words write a description of what modernism
means. Cite your sources.

"Modernism." Wikipedia. 7 Jan. 2007. 8 Jan. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism>.

                                                                                                                                      Period: 5
Witcombe, Christopher L. C. E. "The Roots of Modernism."                 Modernism. 2000. 8 Jan. 2007

Knight, Kevin. "Modernism." New Advent. 2006. 8 Jan. 2007 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10415a.htm>.

Cite your sources above in proper MLA format. Use one of these resources if you need help:
Purdue OWL – MLA Formatting and Style Guide: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/
EasyBib: http://www.easybib.com/


         Modernism is said to have begun in the 1860’s through the 1970’s where reformation of historic
 traditions of the nineteenth century took place. During this era mathematics was greatly developed as of
 numeric theories. Thus, physics and further advance mathematics branched from these number theories.
 With the aid of science and math the reforming of traditions of general art, including literature and music,
 occurred. The modern movement was in reaction against, more specifically, historic and academic
 traditions. It created an awareness of a growing industrial economy and politics. As of art, modernism was
 “thought of as referring to the philosophy of modern art” where, at the time, modern was referred to anything
 produced contemporaneously. Anything considered modern was aimed towards the change in man’s thought
 of God, himself, the world, and overall life.

A Doll House
Henrik Ibsen is often described as one of the fathers of modern theater, and his work A Doll House is
considered one of the first modern plays. After completing the play explain on the back of this sheet or on an
attached sheet how the play demonstrates modernist ideas. Include specific references to both the play and your
understanding of modernism.