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Breaking Free from False Realities: An analysis of the Modernist critique of social institutions
(2012)
  • Jennifer T.R. Tomlinson, Rollins College
Abstract

Tentative Abstract I have observed a common theme in modernist literature that examines social institutions of power. I refer to this theme as a recognition of falsely appointed authorities of power. These authoritative powers observed in modernist literature are byproducts of a historically imperialistic and patriarchal European society. Within this literary analysis, the natural progression would be to then contemplate whether this theme exists outside the literary context. I purpose that it does. Just as modernist authors criticized institutions such as colonialism and slavery that perpetuated the corruption in falsely appointed powers, we can see a contemporary literal example in the analysis of corporations and their ability to “self-appoint” themselves into high places of power.

Keywords
  • Business,
  • Ethics,
  • Classical,
  • Philosophy,
  • Modernist,
  • Literature,
  • Lower Income,
  • Poor,
  • Exploitation,
  • Joseph Conrad,
  • Heart of Darkness,
  • William Faulkner,
  • Go Down,
  • Moses,
  • Ernst Hemingway,
  • The Sun Also Rises,
  • Toni Morrison,
  • Paradise,
  • falsely appointed authorities of power
Publication Date
Summer June, 2012
Citation Information
Jennifer T.R. Tomlinson. "Breaking Free from False Realities: An analysis of the Modernist critique of social institutions" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jennifertomlinson/3/