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. One "Modernism." Wikipedia. 7 Jan. 2007. 8 Jan. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism>. Period: 5 Two Witcombe, Christopher L. C. E. "The Roots of Modernism." Modernism. 2000. 8 Jan. 2007 <http://witcombe.sbc.edu/modernism/roots.html>. Three 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 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.