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Birth of the Modern

Reesarch guide supporting AHCS 121: Birth of the Modern

Gender

From Wikipedia: The New Woman was a feminist ideal that emerged in the late nineteenth century and had a profound influence on feminism well into the twentieth century.

“Shifts in gender relations at the turn of the century were a key factor in the emergence of Modernism.  The period from 1880 to 1920, within which Modernism emerged and rose to preeminence as the dominant art form in the West (it remained dominant until the end of World War II), was also the heyday of the first wave of feminism, consolidated in the women suffrage movement.  The protagonist of this movement was known as the “New Woman”: independent, educated, (relatively) sexually liberated, oriented toward more productive life I the public sphere than toward reproductive life in the home.” (“Modernism and Gender,” in The Cambridge Companion to Modernism, p. 174)

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