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Course SummaryIf your American literature classes are leaving you confused, check out our interactive American Literature: Help and Review course. You can review just the lessons that correspond to the topics that you're struggling with, or you can work through the entire course in preparation for a final exam or class project.
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- What were the main literary movements and periods in America?
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- Who were some of the major colonial male and female writers?
- Who was the father of American literature?
- How did romantic and dark romantic literature differ in style?
- What is transcendentalism and how did it affect American literature?
- How did literary realism compare with romantic literature?
- What are some of the key features found in modernist plays, poetry and prose?
- How did the Harlem Renaissance begin?
- What sets the contemporary period apart from its predecessors?
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