The Critique of Modernity in “Anglosaxon Street” and Obasan

Earle Birney’s poem “Anglosaxon Street” and Joy Kogawa’s novel Obasan both present a powerful critique of modern life, though the former is delivered through sarcastic humor while the latter is portrayed through poignant emotions. Modernity in “Anglosaxon Street” is depicted through paralyzed human passivity and emotional sterility. Against the backdrop of modern spiritual bankruptcy portrayed … Read moreThe Critique of Modernity in “Anglosaxon Street” and Obasan