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American Literature Time Periods

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Dealexis McGruder

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American Literature Time Periods
By: Dealexis McGruder

In modernism loss of control is reflected in characters actions and the writing itself. The writing style:
consist of fragments with no clear beginning, end, and explanation of events.

19th century American Literature
Romanticism emphasizes passion, imagination and intuition, and free spontaneous diction. Romanticism is for pleasure not politics and can get very personal.
It can have elements of the supernatural, be very imaginative, emotional, and be of a time that was far, far away and/or a long time ago.
The Transcendentalists
Transcendentalism was an intellectual movement, led by highly educated people.The feelings expressed by transcendentalist writers are intense, the ideas serious, the reflection deep and meaningful. Transcendentalists were attempting to create an American aesthetic, and this is reflected in their language and tone.
The Age of Faith
The Age of Reason
The age of reason started during the time of the American Revolution and growth of patriotism.
Also during the development of American character. The use of reason is used opposed to faith alone.
Writing style consisted of:
political pamphlets,
travel writing,
They were instructive in values
and was in ornate writing styles.
Characters are from the lower-middle class or lower class, and are usually poor, uneducated, and unsophisticated. Throughout the literature they go though raw, unpleasant experiences and be at the mercy of biological and socioeconomic forces.
In realism the author portrays life in a realistically way without "sugarcoating" anything because they wanted to "write reality".
Humans have some degree of free will that they can exercise to affect their situations.
It shifts in point of view so that the readers can interact with the text to construct meaning because the writing is not to make meaning but the process of making meaning.

Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth century foundational works of American Literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes on topics.
cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain
demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Major Writers:
Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine: Common Sense
Benjamin Franklin
The Enlightenment
Before it all started. . .
communicated orally
myths and legends
focused on nature and mostly creation stories
Shift in thinking.
Started to question the traditional ideas and way of doing things.

two phases:

People was beginning a new century and new millennium.
Writing Style:
mix of fantasy and non fiction
no heroes/anti-heroes
detached/unemotional sometime humorless

Abigail Adams
Major Writers:
Major Writers
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
Major Writers
Stephen Crane
Jack London
Major Writers

Writing Style:
short stories
Gothic Literature
use of supernatural
characters had both good and evil characteristics
depressed characters
Writing Style:
Had elements of horror and romance.

Authors like Edgar Allen Poe had dark and depressed characters.
Writing Style:
short stories
aimed to change a specific social change

Ernest Hemingway
F.Scott Fitzgerald
John Steinbeck
The Harlem Renaissance
was a black cultural movement that emerged in Harlem in the 20's.
Major Writers:
Langston Hughes
Countee Cullen
Claude McKay
Music, art, and literature flourished
Age of Faith Vs. Age Of Reason
Devoted to preparing for a world to come
Devoted in this world and its pursuits rather than religion or spiritual affairs
Divine- God centered world
Man-centered world
Live, breath, and sleep the bible
Reason it out
I love him, but oh do i fear him
First cause
Man= spiritual being in the flesh
Man= birth a blank slate void of ideas and principles
Few "elect" chosen for salvation
Pursuit of happiness
Aristocracy government
Leadership by the those who are the best regardless of class
Naturalism Vs. Realism
Both are "basic" views of life and humanity
God is absent in both writings
Faithful representation of life
Focused on the middle-class and its problems
Believed that the representation of life is important
more exaggerated
Focused on the major drama.
favored the lower-class for its character
and violence and taboo themes.

Believed that nature itself is an
indifferent force
Poetic Forms
Though many transcendentalist writers used the essay form to express their ideas, some writers used poetry, specifically free verse.
Walt Whitman
More Poetic Forms
While she doesn't exactly fall into the category of the Transcendentalists, she was well-regarded by Emerson
Emily Dickinson
Art Overtime
Harlem Renaissance
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
by: Johnathan Edwards
Writing Style:
instructive and in plain style.
personal narratives
slave narratives.
William Bradford
Johnathan Edwards
Anne Bradstreet
Edward Taylor
Religion dominated their lives and writings.
Believed in simple and no frills living
Washington Irving
Nathaniel Hawthrone
Edgar Allen Poe
Herman Melville
Sub-Genre to Realism
The Civil War
Fredrick Douglass
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Frontier
Mark Twain
Stephen Crane
Jack London
The Local Colorists
Bret Harte
Kate Chopin
Willa Cather
Tennessee Williams
Arthur Miller
20th Century Poets
Ezra Pound
T.S Elliot
E.E Cummings
Robert Frost
Carl Sandburg
Ezra Pound & T.S Eliot were the 2 most influential poets and critics of their era.
They dictated the tone, direction, and subject matter for a generation of poets.

Characters are from the lower-middle class or lower class, and are usually poor, uneducated, and unsophisticated. Throughout the literature they go though raw, unpleasant experiences and be at the mercy of biological and socioeconomic forces.
short stories
aimed to change a specific social change
Beat Writers
pre-hippie, highly intellectual, anti-Tradition
countered the hidden despair of the 50's with wildly exuberant language and behavior

Key Figure:
William S. Burroughs
Novelists, essayist, poet
pen name= William Lee
A beat writer is a journalist who reports on an issue or a particular sector over time.
Naked Lunch
Confessional Poets
Sylvia Plath
Anne Sexton
Robert Lowell
J.D. Salinger
James Thurber
Multicultural Literature
Jewish American:
African American:
Native American:
New Frontiers
John Updike
Truman Capote
Joyce Carol Oates
New Frontiers
Stephen Crane
Carrie: The Book
Carrie: The Movie
Carrie is slightly overweight with long, dirty blonde hair and many pimples.
Carrie wipes out most of the town on her rampage after the school prank.
The people at the prom are actually laughing at Carrie when the the blood is dumped on her
Chris and Billy hear about the fire from their friend are are trying to leave town when they see Carrie. She causes their car to crash into the road house, killing them.
They are driving from the prom and they try to run Carrie over. She flips the car, causing their deaths.
It is only in Carrie's imagination that everyone is laughing at her when the blood is dumped on her at the prom
The damage is limited to her school.
The story is framed through police reports and other documents.
It is a normal story.
She is thin and has clear skin.
Bernard Malamud
Eli Wiesel
Ralph Ellison
Maya Angelou
Gwendolyn Brooks
Alice Walker
N.Scott Momaday
Louise Erdrich
Julia Alvarez
Sandra Cisneros
Maxine Hong Kingston
Amy Tan
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