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    • American Romanticism And the Wilderness Experience
    • Frontier Life in America
      • New subject material – different from Europe
      • American novel now coincided with:
      • 1. westward expansion
      • 2. growth of a nationalist spirit and;
      • 3. rapid spread of cities
    • James Fenimore Cooper
      • In time, his novels focused on:
      • Frontier communities
      • American Indians
      • Backwoodsmen
      • Wilderness of western NY and PA
    • First American Romantic Hero
      • Natty Bumppo – a.k.a. Hawkeye, Deerslayer and Leatherstocking
      • Qualities:
      • - heroic and virtuous
      • - skillful frontiersman
      • - simple morals
      • - love of nature
      • - distrust of town life
      • - “superhuman” resourcefulness
    • The New American Novel
      • Included:
      • Triumph of American innocence
      • Characters known as popular twenty and twenty-first century Romantic heroes
      • Naturalistic settings
    • Other New American Novelists
      • Herman Melville - (ex-sailor) wrote Moby Dick
      • Nathaniel Hawthorne - wrote The Scarlet Letter
      • More a “coming of age” not a renaissance
    • The American Hero breaks away from the European Version
      • 1. A Romantic hero is usually innocent and carefree, separate from the masses, and is almost always on some type of journey.
      • 2. This hero is idealistic, non-conforming, and rarely lives in the “here and now,” but, is well rounded, skilled in some fashion, and able to communicate with all walks of life.
      • 3. Romantic heroes are found in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fennimore Cooper, Herman Melville, and Mark Twain.
    • What would the typical literary American Hero look like?
      • Young or possess youthful qualities
      • Loves Nature and avoids towns
      • Has a sense of honor based not on societies rules but a higher principle
      • Has a knowledge of life and people based on a deep intuitive understanding, not formal education
      • Quests for a higher truth in the natural world
      • Is innocent and pure of purpose
      • Faces some kind of self-discovery
      • Is self-reliant
    • Who are some typical American Romantic Heroes?
      • In Literature:
      • Hawkeye – Last of the Mohicans
      • Hester Pryne – The Scarlet Letter
      • Huck Finn –Huckleberry Finn, (Mark Twain)
      • In the movies:
      • Blade
      • John Wayne
      • Luke Skywalker
      • Superman and Spiderman
      • Music:
      • Elvis Presley
      • Tupac
      • Johnny Cash