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American Literature the Study.com Way
American literature has a long history that begins with a primary focus on the New England colonies. Works expanded over time to examine various aspects of American society, including the impact of war, feelings about race and the experiences of people living in different regions. This entertaining chapter navigates the journey American literature has taken, surveying authors and their works through several historic periods via literary genres that include novels, plays, essays and poems.
Get started with this chapter by exploring literature from the colonial and early national period, then discover authors and works stemming from the Romantic and Dark Romantic period. Authors included in these periods include James Fenimore Cooper, Mary Rowlandson, Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe. Next, closely examine the transcendentalism period, highlighted by works from authors like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman.
This chapter also takes an in-depth look at realism and modernist prose and poetry in American literature. Explore works like Uncle Tom's Cabin, Of Mice and Men and the poem 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' And before you finish this chapter, analyze Zora Neale Hurston's work from the Harlem Renaissance and the literature of contemporary authors like Tennessee Williams, J.D. Salinger and Maya Angelou.
Navigating this chapter provides you with a well-rounded understanding of American literature. Adopt the Study.com way of studying this important subject today!
1. Mandatory Reading List for English 102: American Literature
To receive college credit for English 102, you are required to write two essays that ask you to address concepts from notable works in American literature. In order to write your essays, you are required to read a portion of the texts listed below. Read on for details about your choice of readings for the major eras of American literature.
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Other chapters within the English 102: American Literature course
- Analyzing American Literature
- Colonial and Early National Period in Literature
- Romantic Period in Literature
- Dark Romantics
- Transcendentalism in Literature
- Realism in Literature
- Modernist Prose and Plays
- Modernist Poetry
- The Harlem Renaissance and Literature
- Literature of the Contemporary Period
- Required Assignments for English 102
- Studying for English 102