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capitalization: cultural periods, movements and styles

Capitalize nouns and adjectives designating literary, philosophical, musical, religious and artistic periods, movements and styles when they are derived from proper nouns:

  • Aristotelian logic
  • Cartesian dualism
  • the Bauhaus
  • Gregorian chant
  • Romanesque architecture
  • Arianism
  • Methodism
  • Hasidism

Otherwise, such terms are lower-cased except when it is necessary to distinguish a style or movement from the same word used in its general sense:

  • cubism
  • existentialism
  • humanism
  • rococo
  • the New Criticism
  • the Group of Seven
  • the Enlightenment
  • Scholasticism