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Students will review:
In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What were some of the characteristics of the modern literary period?
- Who were some of the expatriate writers of the 20th century?
- What defined the work of Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck and O'Neill?
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. Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio: Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will learn about Sherwood Anderson's unique collection of related short stories, ''Winesburg, Ohio.'' We will take a look at the community of characters that define this seemingly quaint midwestern town. We will also consider the historical context in which the larger work was created.
3. The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century
In this lesson, we will explore the effects of WWI on the American literary community. We will take a look at the Lost Generation of writers, the characteristics of their work and the ways in which they represented post-war attitudes both in the U.S. and abroad.
4. 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.
5. The Great Gatsby: Summary, Themes, Symbols, and Character
F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' is considered by many critics to be the greatest American novel. Watch our video lesson on the novel to find out why!
6. 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.
7. Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis
Ernest Hemingway's ''A Farewell to Arms'' is considered by some critics to be the best novel written in the WWI era. Learn why readers still love this story almost a century later.
8. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway: Summary and Analysis
Civil war in Spain, love in the woods, and death everywhere. It's Ernest Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' In this lesson, we'll explore the acclaimed novel about an American in the Spanish Civil War.
9. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style
William Faulkner towers above American literature, particularly American literature of the South. In this lesson, we'll explore his life and review his major works and style.
10. Faulkner's As I Lay Dying: Summary and Analysis
Multiple narrators, stream of consciousness writing and a family airing its dysfunctions while carting along their mother's coffin. You'll find all that and more in William Faulkner's Modernist masterpiece 'As I Lay Dying.'
11. 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.
12. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style
John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.
13. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays
Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize, playwright Eugene O'Neill is a major figure in American drama. In this lesson, we'll look at his tumultuous life and review the most notable plays from his acclaimed career.
14. Long Day's Journey into Night: Summary, Analysis and Characters
You may think that your family has issues, and maybe that's true, but few families are as tragic as the Tyrone family in Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece 'Long Day's Journey Into Night'.
15. Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh: Summary and Analysis
What happens when a bunch of downtrodden drunks in a bar are shaken from their pipe dream lives? Find out in this video lesson about Eugene O'Neill's epic play 'The Iceman Cometh.'
16. A Clean Well-Lighted Place by Hemingway: Summary & Analysis
Read a summary of Ernest Hemingway's short story, 'A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,' and learn about some the major elements found in the story, such as nihilism, loneliness, human suffering, and empathy.
17. 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.
18. A Journey to the Center of the Earth: Summary & Characters
This lesson details the 1864 classic science fiction novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, and its characters. Read the lesson, then test yourself with the quiz!
19. A Rose for Emily: Characters & Symbolism
This lesson details the characters and symbolism in William Faulkner's Southern Gothic story, 'A Rose for Emily.' In this lesson, you will take a deep look into the lonely life of a woman in a small Southern town.
20. Absalom, Absalom! by Faulkner: Summary & Characters
Along with 'The Sound and the Fury', 'Absalom! Absalom' is one of William Faulkner's most famous novels and helped to win him the Nobel Prize in Literature. This lesson will introduce a summary and characters, briefly discuss the major themes, and finish with a quiz to test your knowledge.
21. Absalom, Absalom! by Faulkner: Themes & Analysis
Explore the themes identified in William Faulkner's novel, Absalom, Absalom!, and the plot points therein. After completing the lesson, take a short quiz to test your knowledge.
22. Brent Staples: Biography & Essays
If your father was an alcoholic and your family was very comfortable with poverty, would you want to follow in their footsteps? Or would you choose a different path and better yourself? Read on to learn how writer and editor Brent Staples took the road less traveled.
23. Satire in The Great Gatsby
What is satire? How do authors use it? Why do authors use it? How does F. Scott Fitzgerald incorporate satire into his novel ''The Great Gatsby''? This lesson seeks to answer all of these questions.
24. The Giver: Summary, Characters, Themes & Author
In 'The Giver,' the government controls citizens' freedom to choose their occupation, spouse, and emotions. Read on to see why and how the government exerts this control, and what one boy plans to do to stop it.
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- Colonial and Early National Period in Literature: Help and Review
- Romantic Period in Literature: Help and Review
- Dark Romantics: Help and Review
- Transcendentalism in Literature: Help and Review
- Realism in Literature: Help and Review
- Modernist Poetry: Help and Review
- The Harlem Renaissance and Literature: Help and Review
- Literature of the Contemporary Period: Help and Review
- Research Skills for English Language Arts
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