Language of Early Twentieth Century Novels and Modernism

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Nganthoi Khuraijam


Any form of literature over the years has inherently been a marker of the development of the language it is made in. Language has been a tool and guide both to many a writers who have experimented with forms in particular. The evolution of language itself can be traced through literature. Understanding the use of language in a particular form of literary genre helps in understanding the backdrop of the era it has been made in. This paper attempts to examine the use of language and its experimentation to understand and analyse a particular era, early twentieth century modernism in this case, and the literature it produces through the famous twentieth century novels Nostromo and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.


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Nganthoi Khuraijam. “Language of Early Twentieth Century Novels and Modernism”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 2, no. 3, Aug. 2017, pp. 258-62,
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