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  • Early American Literature

    Early American literature consisted mainly of diaries‚ journals‚ short stories‚ and Indian creation stories. Since some of the language used was of older English and other languages‚ early American literature was difficult to read.<br><br>The first story I read was Spanish Explorers in the New World. This story was a journal of Cabeza de Vaca’s travels and discoveries in the New World. After having a shipwreck‚ he and his fellow sailors were made slaves of the Indians. They walked barefoot‚ bleeding

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  • Isolation in American Literature

    The individual and his role in society‚ based on American Literature‚ is portrayed through many different characters‚ all sharing the same feelings of isolation. The feeling of isolation‚ in reference to Huckleberry Finn ‚ is a choice that Huck Finn brings on himself. Throughout rebellion towards his father‚ Huck tries to find his true self by isolating himself from societies views and beliefs. In the novel Great Gatsby ‚ by F. Scoot Fitzgerald‚ Jay Gatsby was isolated from the outside world by society

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  • The Emergence of American Literature

    7/5/13 Chapter 12: America at Midcentury The Emergence of An American Literature Stephen A. Douglas- tough-minded‚ idol of a bumptious element in the Democratic party that called itself Young America‚ cared little for the moral issue of slavery; urged Americans to forget the sectional quarrel and to build a prosperous and powerful nation. 1850s- Most distinguished and productive periods in the history of American lit- Before- literacy dependency on Europe First Writers w/ recognition:

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  • American Literature

    American literature is any written work of art that is created in the United States. American literature is like all literature‚ it has literary experiences and contextual history of America. It depicts how America has changed is still changing today. American literature has changed over time just like most canons of literary works. The uniqueness of American literature is that America from its beginning had a special philosophy of life and freedom. The special philosophy of life and freedom that

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  • American Literature

    Native-American Literature‚ c.20‚000B.C.E.-present Characteristics The literature is as diverse as the cultures that created it‚ but there are often common elements such as stories explaining creation or natural forces. Major Writers or Works Oral narratives: Myths; legends; songs; creation stories from groups such as the Zuni‚ Aztec‚ Navajo‚ Lakota‚ Seneca‚ Tlingit‚ Cherokee‚ Blackfoot‚ Cree‚ Inuit‚ and many more. Exploration Period‚ 1492-1607 Characteristics The first European writings

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  • What Makes a Story American Literature?

    There is no rules or guidelines to classify certain stories as American Literature. So‚ what makes a story American Literature? “Rip Van Winkle‚” by Washington Irving‚ is a profound short story and an example of American Literature. “Rip Van Winkle” is about a man who falls asleep for several years. He finally wakes up and he sees that the places around him have changed tremendously. When he returns to the village no one remembers him‚ except an old villager‚ who verifies his story. Washington

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  • Naturalism In American Literature

    Naturalism in American Literature 1865 –1900 Beginnings Naturalism evolved as an extreme form of Realism. It was heavily influenced by Darwin’s theory of evolution‚ suggesting that heredity‚ environment‚ and social conditions shaped human character. Beginnings While Naturalism was a philosophy‚ Naturalism in literature began in France. French critic and journalist Emile Zola is considered the founder of Naturalism. Characteristics  The main characteristic of literary naturalism is

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  • American Literature

    WHAT IS AMERICAN LITERATURE? AN OVERVIEW When the English preacher and writer Sidney Smith asked in 1820‚ “In the four quarters of the globe‚ who reads an American book?” little did he suspect that less than two hundred years later the answer in literate quarters would be “just about everyone.” Indeed‚ just a few years after Smith posed his inflammatory question‚ the American writer Samuel Knapp would begin to assemble one of the first histories of American literature as part of a lecture series

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  • Mid-Term Test: American Literature

    code:__________________________ Class:_________ AMERICAN LITERATURE I MID-TERM TEST TIME: 50 minutes 1) According to the U.S. Declaration of Independence (1776)‚ what are the fundamental rights that all men are born with and cannot be deprived from? a) Freedom‚ Equality and Democracy b) Life‚ Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness c) Life‚ Freedom and Equality d) Freedom‚ Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness . 2) Which of the followings is NOT true about American culture? a) It is racially and ethnically

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  • American Literature

    Essay American literature traces back to the time of the Native Americans and Puritans‚ and over time developed many literary movements influenced by Transcendentalists and Realists. The beliefs of the Native Americans and Puritans as well as the philosophy of the Transcendentalists and Realists contrast with one another. These four major groups of American writers all differ in the sense that all of them look to a different power head or ideology for truth. For example‚ Native Americans look outside

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