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date: 10 August 2020

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This article examines the conception of London as a modernist city during the early twentieth century. It explains that modernist movements of Imagism and Vorticism share a cultural response with certain decadent, aesthetic, and symbolist groupings in the 1880s and 1890s. The article suggests that a useful concept with which to understand the nature of artistic movements in this period is the idea of a cultural formation, a term Raymond William used to analyse culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Keywords: London, modernist city, modernist movements, Imagism, Vorticism, cultural response, artistic movements, Raymond William, cultural formation

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