What's the relationship of Modernism with realism,social protest,naturalism,american humorist and local color?How does modernism relate to these movements?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is far too broad of a question.  There seems to be something to the tune of at least five different questions in one.  It's near impossible to answer in its original state.  I think that we can take the basic premise of modernism and its implications in the different realms.  One of the most elemental ideas of the movement is the idea that there is an inexorable shift in what Woolf called, "human relations."  This paradigm sought to examine and reevaluate previously held beliefs in arguing the traditional social structures that defined consciousness and its essence are not applicable.  Rather, social and individual patterns of recognition are a myriad of construction of different facades and, in the end, all of these cannot provide transcendental meaning in a world that is devoid of it.  In terms of how this fits into the different -isms that are described, I think that more detail is needed.  For example, the idea of social protest would be something that modernists could embrace, but in being true to the ideas of modernism, social protest cannot hope to articulate a condition that is transcendent and totalizing because this is not possible in the modernist paradigm.  The idea of "local color" would probably be vaulted and understood as another pattern of recognition that creates more confusion and dissonance as it is distinct from the national discourse.  Again, it would help out tremendously to be be able to apply these ideas in a specific context in order to bring out the full force of modernism's take on them.