Realism Naturalism Modernism 1940-1960

Realism
The use of details drawn from everyday experience in the writing of any genre

Naturalism
A literary movement in which fiction examine human life with objectivity of scientific inquiry

Modernism
Rejects literary conventions of the 19th century and its opposition to morality taste and economic values

Literature of the 1970s
This period gave rise to African American women’s writing, the reclamation of history, resurgence of autobiography, the rise of black gay literature and lesbian literature, incursions into popular literary forms and postmodernist experimentation