"The repetition haunts modernism and is its delusion and achievement. A narcissism inevitably develops through the imprint of a repeated style. Thus style in modernism is both a prison and a salvation, an emblem purchased through paradoxes of freedom. If modernism has any single complexion it is this: style as repetition, with all its attendant agonies of equivocation and doubt, its confusion of stasis and progress, of the predictable and the new. Repetition promises an escape from history but tends to confirm it. Repetition promises an escape from self-consciousness but tends to reinvent it. No wonder modernism ends and postmodernism begins with repetition extended to boredom..."
O'Doherty, B. (1973). American Masters- the Voice and the Myth. New York, NY: Random House. p.167