and an Autonomous Art Form
Post-Victorian 1900s may not precisely be a contemporary idea of the term “modern,” yet many of the views that the Modernists held true are still surprisingly progressive today.
he stagnant Victorian era was becoming a distant memory, and stance du jour was that of embracing new forms of knowledge and ideas. The start of the 20th Century brought with it a strand of avant garde thinking that rejected all previous norms and beliefs. In short, it was about questioning the
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Words: CARMEN POOL Image: © MARIJA ANJA VENTER
very fabric of reality itself. The Modernist movement put a great deal of emphasis on radical individualism, which was executed through a writing technique known as the “stream of consciousness.” This progressive and reactive stance rocked the proverbial boat of authors and, as a result, produced a new subjective and autonomous form of art.
Modern “stream of consciousness” is a writing technique that relays the direct conscious thoughts of the writer onto the page. It is not constrained by style, structure and punctuation as it comes straight from the mind of the writer, filtered only through the mind of the character. This technique portrays the inner psyche of the character and is usually regarded as a