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What is American Literature?. Fear and the Making of the American Mind. American Literature. What is Literature? What’s the purpose? Definition Canon Influences. What’s the Purpose?. Why teach and learn about American Literature? Why read classical literature?

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what is american literature

What is American Literature?

Fear and the Making of the American Mind

american literature
American Literature
  • What is Literature?
    • What’s the purpose?
    • Definition
    • Canon
    • Influences
what s the purpose
What’s the Purpose?
  • Why teach and learn about American Literature?
  • Why read classical literature?
  • Why care about America’s intellectual history?

Construct an argument that answers these questions. Write for fifteen minutes.

definition
Definition
  • Who defines American Literature and why?
    • Harold Bloom
    • Text books
    • Academics
  • Who or what does this definition serve?
historical contextualization
Historical Contextualization
  • Fear
    • Clip from the Michael Moore documentary Bowling for Columbine
the canon
The Canon
  • What is the Canon?
  • How is it made?
  • Who does it serve and why?
influences
Influences
  • British, Spanish, French, and Indigenous cultural influences
  • Religion
    • Puritan Values
      • Puritan Values:
      • Language
        • Plain
        • Utilitarian
      • Typology
        • Typological hermeneutics
          • Explicating signs in Old Testament as foreshadowing people and events in the New.
      • Nature
        • Third channel of communication from God to man
          • Time of Francis Bacon
          • Royal Society
    • Heresies
      • Arminianism
      • Antinomianism