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Understanding American Literature

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DebbieAnne Baione-Doda

on 21 May 2010

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Transcript of Understanding American Literature

American Literature a flashback through history and literature Contemporary Literature 1940-Present Times Questions of the Times Are we responsible for the whole world? Can America achieve equal rights? What makes us American? What is the American Dream? Historical Influences World War II The Cold War The Vietnam War The Civil Rights Movement The American Dream Literature of the Contemporary Era Non-fiction: John Steinbeck, "Why Soldiers Don't Talk" Poetry: Randall Jarrell, "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" Fiction: Tim O'Brien, "Ambush" The speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, "Revolutionary Dreams" Poetry: Rita Dove, "Testimonial" Poetry: Billy Collins, "The Man in the Moon" and "Forgetfulness" The Harlem Renaissance and Modernism 1910-1940 Questions of the Times What is modern? Can ideals survive castrophe? How can people honor their heritage? What drives human behavior? Historical Influences World War I The Jazz Age Prohibition The Great Depression The Dust Bowl The New Deal Mass Culture Modernism Imagism Objectivism The Modern Short Story The Harlem Renaissance Journalism as Literature Literature of the Times The poetry of Langston Hughes Essay: Zora Neale Hurston, "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" The poetry of: Edwin Arlington Robinson, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings Poetry: T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Short story: William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily" New Journalism: Ernest Hemingway, "A New Kind of War" Regionalism and Naturalism 1870-1910 Questions of the Times What makes a place unique? Does the universe care? How are women's roles changing? Why are there "haves" and "have-nots"? Historical Influences Reconstruction's Failures and Successes The Transcontinental Railroad Industry The Gilded Age Native Americans and the Reservations Labor Unions and The Populist Party Laissez Faire Progressivism Social Darwinism Regionalism Realism Naturalism The New Role of Women Suffrage University Education for Women NOVEL: J.D. Salinger, The Cather in the Rye NOVEL: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby PLAY: Arthur Miller, The Crucible
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