Ch 1: Introduction to American Literature

About This Chapter

This chapter is a fantastic resource for improving your knowledge of American literature. Entertaining lessons help you understand important American literary works, enabling you to quickly and effectively study for a test, excel on an assignment or boost your grades.

American Literature the 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 way of studying this important subject today!

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