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American Literature Timeline

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American Literature Timeline
Puritan/Colonialism
Characteristics
Romanticism
Transcendentalism
Gothic Period
by Boston McClary
A1
(1630-1750)
First Person Narratives
Wrote about Immagration and the settling of America
Emphasized religious themes
Wrote with specific purposes
Showed religious values
Compared selves to biblical characters
Authors
John Winthrop
William Bradford
Edward Taylor
Anne Bradstreet
Johnathan Edwards
Cotton Mathews
Literature
Sinners in the hands of an angry god -
Johnathan Edwards
The wonders of the Invisible World -
Cotton Mather
Upon the burning of my house
-Anne Bradstreet
Huswifery
-Edward Taylor
Of Plymouth Plantation
-William Bradford
Revolutionary Period
(1750-1800)
(1800-1860)
(1840-1860)
(1840-1860)
Realism
(1850-1900)
Modernist
(1914-1945)
Harlem
Renaissance
(1920-1929)
The Post-War Era
(1945-1970)
Contemporary
(1970-Present)
Characteristics
Less religion and more science and reasoning.
Nature of government
Mostly public writings
Influenced by Euroean styles
Comprised of philosophers, scientist, and speech writers
Authors
Benjamin Franklin
Patrick Henry
Phyllis Wheatly
Thomas Paine
Thomas Jefferson
Works
The Decleration of Independence -Thomas Jefferson
American Crisis -Thomas Paine
Speech to the Virginia Convention -Patrick Henry
Autobiography of Ben Franklin
Characteristics
Valued feelings, intuition, idealism, and inductive reasoning
Placed faith in inner experiences and imagination.
Cheerished individual freedom
Authors
Emily Dickenson
Edgar Allen Poe
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Walt Whitman
Washington Irving
Works
The Scarlet Letter -Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Raven -Edgar Allen Poe
Rip Van Winkle -Washington Irving
Leaves of Grass -Walt Whitman
Poetry by Emily Dickenson
Characterisitcs
Authors
Works
Living close to nature
Dignity of manual labor
Emphasized spiritual living
Ecouraged Self-Reliance
Breaking old traditions
Ralph Aldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
Mark Twain
Herman Melville
Harriet Stowe
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Self-Reliance
Moby Dick
Tom Sawyer
Huckleberry Finn
Walden
Characteristics
Works
Authors
Short stories and novels
Death and lost love
Endless mystery
Dark and dreary landscapes
Very gloomy endings
Edgar Allen Poe
Nathanial Hawthorne
Flannery O'Conner
Harper Lee
Walker Percy
Wise Blood
The Raven
The Scarlet Letter
Young Goodman Brown
The Violent Bear it Away
Characteristics
Authors
Works
Character over plot
Tone is satirical
Avoid dramatics
Societal Classes
Diction is non poetic
Samuel Clemens
Bret Harte
Kate Chopin
William Howells
Henry James
The Awakening
The Rise of Silas Lapham
Daisy Miller
The Outcasts of Poker Flats
Under the Lion's Paw
Characteristics
Authors
Works
Inner-self and consciousness
Decline of Civilization
Pointed out society's ills
Saw cold machinery
Increase of Capitalism and decrease of the individual
Samuel Beckett
James Joyce
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ernest Hemingway
E.E. Cummings
Great Gatsby
As I Lay Dying
Mrs. Dalloway
To Kill a Mockingbird
Farenheight 451
Characteristics
Works
Authors
Promote progressive politics
Racial and Social integration
Mostly African American Movement
Pervading racism
Breaking Stereotypes
James Baldwin
Countee Cullin
Langston Hughes
James Johnson
Jesse Fauset
There is Confusion
The Fire in the Flint
The Quest of the Silver Fleece
The Autobio of an Ex-Colored Man
The Negro Artisit and The Mountain
Characteristics
Authors
Works
Frequent use of Irony
Talk about very serious subjects
Made reader aware of fictionality
Spoke from a distance
Added a disconnected feel
David Wallace
Thomas Pynchon
Joseph Heller
Bret Ellis
Hunter Thompson
American Psycho
Catch 22
Infinite Jest
Gravity's Rainbow
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Characteristics
Authors
Works
Realistic and Beleiveable
Characters behave in fashion
Informal Dialoge
All present day setting
Very realistic events
Isabel Allende
David Mitchell
Stephen King
Robert Woodward
Richard Nixon
The Shining
Jailbird
The Dead Zone
Sophie's Choice
Watergate Scandal
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