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American Gothic Literature

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Dean Banh

on 30 October 2013

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Transcript of American Gothic Literature

American Gothic Literature
What is Happening in the United States
The Industrial Revolution began in America in the 1790s and ended in the 1830s, bringing ideas to the public that “the ‘old ways’ of doing things [had become] irrelevant.”
In the wave of the Industrial Revolution, American Gothic literature challenged the traditional literature of the time by introducing dark themes and character types
Writers Involved in the Movement
Edgar Allan Poe ("The Raven," "Annabel-Lee")
Charles Brockden Brown ("Wieland," "Edgar Huntly")
Nathaniel Hawthorne ("The Scarlet Letter," "The House of the Seven Gables")
Washington Irving ("The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," "Rip Van Winkle")
Works Cited
CgWillis, Racine. "The American Gothic Movement." Teen Ink. N.p., 1989. Web. 29 Oct. 2013.
"Gothic Period of American Literature - 1800-1850." Gothic Period of American Literature - 1800-1850. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2013.
"22a. Economic Growth and the Early Industrial Revolution." Economic Growth and the Early Industrial Revolution [ushistory.org]. Independence Hall Association, 2008. Web. 29 Oct. 2013.
Additional Information
American Gothic is widely considered to be under the broader category of Romanticism
Nathaniel Hawthorne referred to the Salem Witch Trials in “Custom House”
By Dean Banh and Ben Miller
Date and Characteristics of Movements
Date of Movement

-Late 18th and early 19th centuries: Rise of the gothic/anti-transcendentalist movement in Europe and America to go against the Transcendentalist optimistic ideas of life
-Renowned authors such as Edgar Allen Poe ("The Raven," "The Tell-Tale Heart") and Charles Brockden Brown ("Wieland," "Edgar Huntly") published their works within this time period
Characteristics of Movement

Gothic is a sub-genre of romanticism
Combines horror and romance
Creates a pleasing sort of terror
Uses primitive medieval, wild, or mysterious elements in literature
Short stories were popular as a writing format
Stories sometimes took place in medieval buildings
"American Gothic" by Grant Wood
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