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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What was unique to Native American and colonial literature during the 17th and 18th centuries?
- How did imagination, individualism and intuition characterize the Romantic period?
- What is transcendentalism, and how did it impact 19th-century American literature?
- How did romanticism give birth to literary realism?
- How did literary literary naturalists write about humans and nature?
- What authors and themes were associated with the Harlem Renaissance?
- How did American culture and history impact contemporary American literature?
1. Native American and Colonial Literature
What types of writing were popular during the early days of the United States? In this lesson, we'll look at three major categories of 17th and 18th century American writing in more detail: Native American oral stories, Puritan writing, and early American political writing.
2. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art
This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.
3. The Dark Romantics in American Literature
This video introduces the characteristics of Dark Romanticism, a movement at the end of the Romantic period where literature embodied creepy symbols, horrific themes, and explored the psychological effects of guilt and sin. Authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote short stories, poems, and novels that encouraged Americans to see evil in everything.
4. Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature
This video defines Transcendentalism, a literary movement of the mid-19th century. Authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman used their literary platforms to encourage Americans to transcend society's presumptions and create a personal, progressive relationship with spirituality and nature.
5. The Literary Realism Movement: A Response to Romanticism
In this lesson, we will learn about Realism in American literature, how this new literary movement grew out of Romanticism and what circumstances in our changing nation made that literary shift possible.
6. Naturalism in Literature: Authors and Characteristics
Nature is indifferent; humans are just animals. So it goes in naturalism. In this lesson, we'll explore this literary movement. Authors discussed include Stephen Crane, Jack London and Theodore Dreiser.
7. Modernism in American Literature
In this lesson, we will discuss the concept of literary modernism in the United States. We will explore its historical backdrop along with the very unique characteristics and authors that define American modernism which lasted from 1914-1945.
8. The Imagist Movement: Poems, Examples & Key Poets
The Imagist movement in modern poetry focused on describing objects as opposed to the long philosophical discussions of traditional poetry. Read on to find out more about Imagism and read poems by two of its founders, H.D. and Amy Lowell.
9. The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age
The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s during which there was an explosion of African-American art and literature. This lesson looks at the themes, causes, and important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
10. The Contemporary Period in American Literature
Learn about how Contemporary literature developed and understand its fundamental characteristics. Find out how American history and cultural norms really defined and developed the Contemporary period in American literature.
11. Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works
This lesson helps you decipher pieces of contemporary American literature by looking at famous examples from some of the greatest authors of the time.
12. Carl Sandburg: Biography, Famous Poems, Books & Facts
Carl Sandburg was a prolific writer whose Bohemian background prepared him to be a very versatile writer. In this lesson, you will learn about Carl Sandburg and discover why he is still one of the world's most well-known poets.
13. Detective Fiction: Definition, History & Authors
In this lesson, we will define detective fiction and its characteristics, examine the history of this genre, and look at some of the major authors. We will also discuss how the genre, though still popular, has changed today.
14. Diana Gabaldon: Biography & Books
This lesson provides some insight into the life of the author Diana Gabaldon, and her most popular series ''Outlander'' will be discussed. Read the lesson, then test yourself with a quiz!
15. Edwin Markham: Biography & Poems
Edwin Markham was a poet of the people. His attitudes were socially progressive, and his work gave voice to the suffering and concerns of laborers. Read on to learn about Markham's life and his poetry.
16. Edna Ferber: Biography & Books
A Pulitzer, a membership in the exclusive Algonquin Round Table and a book turned into a popular musical - these are the hallmarks of Edna Ferber's life and career. In this lesson, we'll learn more about her.
17. Summary of Show Boat by Edna Ferber
Edna Ferber's 1926 novel 'Showboat' tells the story of three generations of performers on a Mississippi riverboat. The novel was the basis for a Broadway musical adaptation and three film versions depicting this colorful time period in American history.
18. Summary of Giant by Edna Ferber
'Giant' by Edna Ferber is a novel about the life of Texans from 1925 until 1950. When the novel hit stands in 1952, scandal erupted as the people of Texas rebuked this book that criticized the sacred rituals that many Texans reveled in. Discover why 'Giant' was a novel that left people talking.
19. Stage Door: Book Summary & Plot
The play 'Stage Door' was co-wrriten by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, and made its stage debut in 1936. The story centers around a boarding house for aspiring actresses in New York City.
20. So Big by Edna Ferber: Summary & Analysis
''So Big'' is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Edna Ferber published in 1924. This lesson will provide a brief summary of the plot and look at some of the analytical themes and issues Ferber addresses.
21. Synopsis of Ice Palace by Edna Ferber
Edna Ferber's 1958 novel ''Ice Palace'' is a pro-statehood commentary on the value of Alaska to the United States. At the time that Alaska became a state, most US citizens knew very little about the great northern wilderness.
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- Romantic Prose in British Literature
- English Literature in the 17th & 18th Century
- The Romantic Poetry Movement in English Literature
- Literature of the Turn of the Century
- Modernist Authors in English Literature
- Nonfiction Selections in English Literature
- The Oral Tradition
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- Grammar Review in AP English: Help and Review
- AP English - Essay Basics - Types of Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Writing Conventions for AP English: Help & Review
- Beginning the Writing Process in AP English: Help and Review
- Writing & Structuring an Essay in AP English: Help and Review
- Writing Revision and Skill Development in AP English: Help and Review
- Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking
- About the AP English Literature Test