introduction to american literature l.
Download
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
Introduction to American Literature PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
Introduction to American Literature

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 8

Introduction to American Literature - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 135 Views
  • Uploaded on

Introduction to American Literature. The World at the Beginning of the American Era. Geography--the Europeans were discovering new territories, including North America Religion 1456--Gutenberg printed his first Bible (education almost always leads to the undermining of authority)

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Introduction to American Literature' - hollace


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
the world at the beginning of the american era
The World at the Beginning of the American Era
  • Geography--the Europeans were discovering new territories, including North America
  • Religion
    • 1456--Gutenberg printed his first Bible (education almost always leads to the undermining of authority)
    • October 31, 1517--Luther posts 95 theses against indulgences
    • 1534--Act of Supremacy
astronomy

Astronomy

Copernicus publishes On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, suggesting that the earth rotates around the sun.

government

Government

In 1513, Machiavelli publishes The Prince, in which he depicts the lying, cheating, and stealing of successful rulers.

slide5

The effect of all this was that Euopeans began to see the world’s instability. Humans began to see themselves as small beings in a big world. Traditional assumptions were broken down.

traits of the american character
Traits of the American Character
  • Sense of the endless frontier.
    • America was a high-risk society.
  • Naivete
  • Capitalist Ethos
  • Calvinistic Influence
  • Diverse Cultural Influences
    • Bill Murray: “Americans are people kicked out of every respectable county in the world.”
  • Practical versus Artistic
  • Independent Temperament
what is american literature
What is American Literature?
  • Literature that is distinctly American?
    • This is no help.
  • Literature written by Americans?
    • Aren’t Canadians or Mexicans Americans?
    • Does American literature include literature in other languages than English?
  • A literary inheritance?
    • “American Literature and I have a bond.”
  • Henry James said that American writers must deal with being American.
the canon

The Canon

What works should we study?

Should we expand the canon to include more works by minorities and women?