Examine how "Winter Dreams" is a Modernist text.

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"Winter Dreams" is a modernist text in that it advances a radically subjective view of the world through the actions of Judy and Dexter.

As a literary movement, modernism arose out of the aftermath of World War I, during which all the old certainties of Western culture were radically undermined. Deprived of the fixities of class, nation, and religion, many sought to create their own worldview from scratch, affirming themselves and their own individual freedom against traditional society and its decaying institutions.

One could argue that that is precisely what Judy and Dexter are doing in "Winter Dreams." Dexter embraces a fluid class identity which allows him to rub shoulders with the minted members of an elite country club without remaining forever stuck in a subservient position. He has bigger fish to fry, and he is determined to go out into the world and make a name for himself as a successful businessman.

As for Judy, she also wants to do her own thing, and she finds that the...

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