关于现代主义文学运动何时开始，可能会有一个争论。 假定文学领域的现代主义开始于1910年，小说家弗吉尼亚·伍尔夫（Virginia Woolf）发表了人性已经发生根本变化的宣言。 另一个与现代主义有关的早期工作是由舍伍德·安德森（Sherwood Anderson）在1919年使用平淡散文的风格进行的，主要强调对大量人物的心理洞察力。 另一位同时代的现代主义作家是詹姆斯·乔伊斯（James Joyce）。 他所执行的策略是写在小说“尤利西斯”（Ulysses，1922）中，用来描述一个人二十四小时的事件。 TS艾略特在1923年进一步确定了这些品质（Gregory等，2011）。
There may be a debate related to when there was the beginning of the literary movement related to the modernism. It is assumed that the beginning of modernism in literary field was done in the year 1910, when the novelist Virginia Woolf had given the declaration that the human nature had underwent a fundamental change. Another earlier work related to modernism had been done by Sherwood Anderson in the year 1919 who used the style of plain-spoken prose and largely emphasized on the psychological insight into the large number of characters. Another major modernist writer during the same time was James Joyce. The strategies which had been implemented by him had been written in the novel Ulysses (1922) for giving the depiction related to the events during the time period of twenty four hour of the life of a person. These qualities had been further defined in the year 1923 by TS Eliot (Gregory et al., 2011).