Romance 'In medieval literature, a verse narrative [recounts] the marvelous adventures of a chivalric hero.… In modern literature, i.e., from the latter part of the 18th through the 19th centuries, a romance is a work of prose fiction in which the scenes and incidents are more or less removed from common life and are surrounded by a halo of mystery, an atmosphere of strangeness and adventure' (The Reader's Encyclopedia, William Rose Benét)
Realism 'literature that attempts to depict life in an entirely objective manner, without idealization or glamor, and without didactic or moral ends. Realism may be said to have begun with such early English novelists as Defoe, Fielding, and Smollett, and to have become a definite literary trend in the 19th century' (The Reader's Encyclopedia, William Rose Benét)
Modernism 'Modernist art is, in most critical usage, reckoned to be the art of what Harold Rosenburg calls “the tradition of the new”. It is experimental, formally complex, elliptical, contains
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Publication information: Book title: Modernism. Contributors: Peter Childs - Author. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 1.
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