Generally, the term is not defined, and instead it is simply assumed that everyone is talking about the same thing when the term is used. That being “said”…
Broadly defined, literary movements are trends within historical periods in which literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.) is unified by shared intellectual, linguistic, religious, and artistic influences .
Critics refer often to literary movements, citing different movements that have developed in literature and then been replaced by some other movement.
Given : Literature produced during a defined American Literary Movement is representative of that literary movement. (Consider your assigned movement—in my case Pre-Colonial/Native Lit .)
Question : How is a work of literature produced during the Pre-Colonial/Native Lit Movement representative of that period of literature?
Thesis Statement : The myths, legends, rituals and songs produced prior to the colonization of North America is representative of that period in American history, and by extension, the Pre-Colonial/Native Literary Movement.
Documented in retrospect rather than during the course of its development
As a result, most pre-colonial literature is actually published in, or as part of, more contemporary works
Followed by the Puritan/Colonial (1600-1750) Literary Movement which was an immediate result of the colonization of North America and reflected the strong religious and cultural beliefs of the colonists
Literary Movements with Presidents Bush and Obama