1930s-1960s Literature Vocabulary

Ethereal (adjective)
Extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.

Existentialism (noun)
A philosophy that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.

Counter-culture (noun)
A way of life that goes against the values, norms, and practices of the larger society and replaces them with a new set of culture patterns.

Libertine (noun)
A person who rejects accepted opinions in matters of religion; a freethinker.

Zealotry (noun)
Fanatical and uncompromising pursuit of religious, political, or other ideals; fanaticism.

Bohemian (noun)
A person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer.

Stream of Consciousness (noun)
A style of writing in which the author tries to reproduce the random flow of thoughts in the human mind.

Eloquence (noun)
The practice or art of using language with fluency and aptness.

Stream of Consciousness
Synonym: inner dialogue
Antonym: calculation

Existentialism
Synonym: Subjectivity
Antonym: Objectivity

Eloquence
Synonym: articulation
Antonym: misspeak

Bohemian
Synonym: free spirit
Antonym: conformist

Counter-culture
Synonym: revolution
Antonym: main-stream

Libertine
Synonym: amoral person
Antonym: traditionalist

Ethereal
Synonym: exquisite
Antonyms: ordinary

Zealotry
Synonym: extremism
Antonym: passivism

Zealotry
His _______ made it difficult to converse with him; he was so stubborn and obsessed with his beliefs that he couldn’t even consider mine.

Bohemian
The ______ had a hard time feeling accepted by her family due to her artistic lifestyle and difficulty with social traditions.

Ethereal
The tiny snowflake looked ______, crystallized on the windowsill so delicately.

Existentialism
We can better understand the relationship between the individual and society when we study _______ and examine free will.

Eloquence
When Allen Ginsberg did poetry readings, he spoke with such ______ and passion that even his harshest critics would applaud.

Libertine
The woman was more than just a bohemian; her ______ ways caused her to completely disregard the feelings and beliefs of her own neighbors.

Counter-culture
The beatniks formed their own ______, which rebelled against mainstream politics, religion, and philosophy.

Stream of Consciousness
The narrative, written as _________, made the text feel organic, discombobulated, and free-flowing, much like the movement of thoughts inside the mind.