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- Native American and Colonial literature
- The Romantic Period in American literature and art
- The dark romantics in American literature
- The Literary Realism Movement
- Naturalism in literature
- Modernism in American literature
- The Imagist Movement
- The Harlem Renaissance
- 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. Postmodernism in Literature: Definition & Examples
Postmodern literature is a type of literature that came to prominence after World War II. Learn about how postmodernism in literature rejects many literary conventions and embraces new ones in this lesson. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.
13. Harrison Bergeron: Summary, Setting & Symbolism
'Harrison Bergeron' is a short story written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. in 1961. It is a cautionary tale that focuses on the idea that true equality is impossible to achieve. This lesson will look at how the setting and symbolism enhance the overall theme.
14. Simone de Beauvoir: Biography & Books
Writer, philosopher, and feminist, Simone de Beauvoir broke ground in every way. Read about her literary and political accomplishments, as well as her compelling life choices.
15. The Chrysanthemums: Summary & Setting
You might've read some of John Steinbeck's novels, but did you know you could visit many of the same places in his short stories? Read on to take a trip to the Salinas Valley while learning about the plot and setting of Steinbeck's 'The Chrysanthemums.'
16. Winston Smith in 1984: Character Traits & Analysis
In this lesson, we'll analyze Winston Smith, the main character in George Orwell's political novel, '1984'. We'll explore the traits that make Winston Smith a definitive everyman character.
17. Yoshiko Uchida: Biography, Books & Timeline
Yoshiko Uchida was the first major writer to write for a Japanese-American juvenile audience. This lesson will discuss her life and works, which were largely shaped by her experiences in internment camps during World War II.
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