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CEOE English: Modern American Literature - Chapter Summary
Strengthen your understanding of the most important aspects of modern American literature, from context and recurring themes to the authors and works that defined an era. We use some of the most influential novelists of the 20th century as case studies to prepare you to tackle every related question on your CEOE English exam with confidence. This chapter will provide you with the tools to:
- Define and describe Modernism in the American literary context
- Discuss the biographies and major works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Zora Neale Hurston
- Provide an analysis of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
- List the major themes of modern American literature
- Contextualize literature in 1930s America
Our professional instructors will equip you with the know-how you need to ace the exam using clear, concise definitions and explanations. Visual learners will benefit from our engaging videos, for which transcripts are also provided. Study more effectively using the short self-assessment quizzes available at the end of every lesson, and track your progress through your Dashboard.
1. 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.
2. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, you'll learn about Upton Sinclair's novel, ''The Jungle.'' We'll discuss the book's muckraking origins and see why it's an examination of working conditions in early 20th century America.
3. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the defining American novels: 'The Great Gatsby.' Yet, his personal life was tumultuous and filled with struggles. In this lesson, we'll explore his major works and his life story.
4. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style
American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.
5. Themes in Modern American Literature
This lesson identifies four important themes in Modern American Literature: alienation, transformation, consumption, and the relativity of truth. These themes reflect the distinct sensibilities of both the modernist and postmodern aesthetic movements.
6. Literature in 1930s America
In this lesson, we will look at the major influences on literature in the 1930s. We'll discuss influential authors and several important pieces published during this time. When you are through, take the quiz to see what you have learned.
7. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works
John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.
8. Zora Neale Hurston: Quotes & Biography
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) is best known for her 1937 novel ''Their Eyes Were Watching God,'' but she wrote more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays. Let's take a close look at the life of the beloved, fearless, Southern writer.
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- CEOE English: Modern American Poetry
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- CEOE English: Medieval & Middle English Literature
- CEOE English: Renaissance Literature
- CEOE English: Informational Texts
- CEOE English: Romantic Prose & Poetry
- CEOE English: Victorian Literature
- CEOE English: English Literature in the 20th Century
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