As such, the Modernist movement had reached its natural teleological conclusion, and anything which came after must be part of a different part of literary history.
The goal of accomplishing something which, artistically speaking, had never been done before was often accompanied by a sense of despair due to the inherent difficulty (and sometimes the apparent impossibility) of accomplishing that goal. Notice the clear imagery: the coastline with the seaside town; the shepherd with his dog and his flock; the plowman working his field; the ships, the sunset, and the flailing legs of the fallen Icarus.
However, there are some basic tenets of the Modernist period that apply, in one way or another, to all these movements and those writers and artists not associated with them: “Modernist literature is characterized chiefly by a rejection of 19th-century traditions and of their consensus between author and reader” (Baldick 159).
This separation from 19th century literary and artistic principles is a major part of a broader goal.
Modernists wished to distinguish themselves from virtually the entire history of art and literature.
The date marks the end of WWII, and a momentous shift in world politics as well as in the most prominent social, cultural, and literary values.
Personally, I prefer to use the year 1939 as a demarcation point.
Make sure your own presentations notes and the handouts you make for your audience are different so that each is doing its job.
An easy way to coordinate between the handout and your notes is to make a version of the handout with your own notes in it, reminding you how to elaborate on the points in the handout.
If used effectively they can help to capture and maintain the audience's attention.
Here are some examples that you might consider using: Handouts should not be a transcript of your presentation but a summary of the important points.
This worldview is prominent in much (though certainly not all) Modernist literature, perhaps most famously in the fragmented verse of T. Notice the fragmented imagery, the multiple perspective coalescing into a single view.