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Introduction to American Literature. American Literature. T he written or literary work produced in the area of the United States and its preceding colonies.

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american literature
American Literature

The written or literary work produced in the area of the United States and its preceding colonies.

  • During its early history, America was a series of British colonies on the eastern coast of the present-day United States. Therefore, its literary tradition begins as linked to the broader tradition of English literature.
history continued
History continued…
  • However, American Literature has its own unique characteristics and is now considered a separate path and tradition.
the periods of american lit
The periods of American Lit
  • Puritan – 1472-1750
  • Enlightenment – 1750-1800
  • Romanticism- 1800-1840
  • Transcendentalism – 1840-1855
  • Realism – 1865 - 1915
  • Naturalism -
  • Imagism
  • Modern Age – 1915-1946
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Contemporary – 1946-Present
other periods to know
Other periods to know
  • Classicism
  • Local Color
  • Gothic
  • Grotesque
common themes of american literature
Common Themes of American Literature
  • The American Dream
  • The development of the Hero
  • The meaning of freedom
  • Individuality
  • Death and how to deal with it
  • The power of one
  • Human Relationship
  • Liberty and Authority
  • Community and Responsibility
  • Challenge and success
  • Guilt
  • Love
famous american authors
Famous American authors
  • Harper Lee
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Mark Twain
  • J.D. Salinger