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Modernist literature is marked by a break with the sequential developmental cause-and-effect presentation of the reality of realist fiction toward a presentation of experience as layered allusive discontinuous the use to these ends of fragmentation and juxtaposition motif symbol allusion Language is no longer seen as transparent something if used correctly allows us to see through to reality rather language is seen as a complex nuanced site of our construction of the real Experimentation in form in order to present differently afresh the structure the connections and the experience of life The tightening of form an emphasis on cohesion interrelatedness and depth in the structure of the aesthetic object and of experience this is accomplished in part through the use of various devices such as motif juxtaposition significant parallels different voices shifts and overlays in time and place and perspective The representation of inner psychological reality including the flow of experience through devices such as stream of consciousness The use of such structural approaches to experience as psychoanalysis myth the symbolic apprehension and comprehension of reality The use of interior or symbolic landscape the world is moved inside structured symbolically or metaphorically Time is moved into the interior as well time becomes psychological time time as innerly experienced or symbolic time time or measures of time as symbols or time as it accommodates a symbolic rather than a historical reality not the historical or railway time of realism Time is used as well more complexly as a structuring device through a movement backwards and forwards through time the juxtaposing of events of different times and so forth A HAUNTED HOUSE is a symbolic representation of Modernism as seen through Virginia Woolfs style It is not accidental the fact that it is a short-novel the profound concentration of images symbols connections has a greater impact than it would have had in a more detailed presentation A few pages are
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