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American Literary History: An Overview


Chris Andrews

on 6 February 2013

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Transcript of American Literary History: An Overview

American Literary History:
An Overview Colonial Revolutionary Romantic Realist Modernist Contemporary? 1400s to 1700s late 1700s 1780s to 1865 1865-1914 1914-1945 1945-Now(ish) created by c. andrews
mcmurry university
updated february 2013 discovery narrative
captivity narrative
history, biography, diary
occasional poetry
sermons & religious poetry literary production:
didactic philosophical &political writing
essays, pamphlets
heroic lyric & narrative poetry literary production:
political lyric & narrative poetry
sketch & tale
essay & lecture
travel narrative
romance (novels, novellas)
attempts at epic forms literary production:
"classic" rise of the short story
journalistic writing
literary magazines
literary criticism
sentimental poetry literary production:
prolific short fiction
lyric poetry
genre-bending literary work literary production:
deliberate experiment traditional & established genres
shifting canon and market
(too close to generalize) literary production:
diverse overly hasty
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