Wwii throughout american literature

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Wwii throughout american literature

  1. 1. American Literature After World War II April 30th, 2012
  2. 2. Agenda Brief WWII background Social/political effects The Beat Generation  Introduction  Writers (Videos)  Legacy Other postwar novels
  3. 3. World War II  1939 – 1945  Involved many world powers  Caused by Europe’s instability  German treaties with Italy & Japan  Invasion of Poland  Pearl Harbor (1941)  45-60 million casualties  United Nations  USSR & US  Cold War
  4. 4. Social / Political Aftermath  Life was dull and static  Idyllic prosperity  McCarthyism / Red Scare  America = closed society  Industrialization  Atomic era (Cold War)  Political uniformity  Censorship
  5. 5. The Beat Generation“A w h o l e b u n c h o f p e o p l e o f a l l n a t i o n a l i t i e s w h o b e l i e v e d s o c i e t y s u c k e d ”  Post WWII writers (1950’s)  Rebellion against societal conservatism  Embraced non-conformity  Liberation of the spirit and mind  Enlightenment (Eastern religions)  Influences: Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman  Existentialism/transcendentalism  Spontaneous prose (Whitman’s free verse)  Counterculture effect: ‘The Beatniks’
  6. 6. Writers “ T h e f i r s t t h o u g h t i s t h e b e s t t h o u g h t ” Jack Kerouac (1922 – 1969) On the Road  2012 Movie Allen Ginsberg (1926 – 1997) Howl William Burroughs (1914 – 1997) Naked Lunch
  7. 7. The Beat Goes On…  Set the tone for the 1960’s  Music: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, etc.  Art: Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock  Liberation from censorship  Spiritual, sexual liberation  Respect for nature/people  Demystification of drugs  Impact on literature
  8. 8. Postwar Novels
  9. 9. The End
  10. 10. Works Cited  http://is.muni.cz/th/65693/pedf_m/diploma_thesis_dorian_marsalek. pdf  http://www.sfu.ca/english/Gillies/Engl20701/amww2.htm  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&obje ctid=10801124  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_literature#Depression- era_literature  http://www.worldwariihistory.info/WWII/aftermath.html  http://www.museum.tv/eotvsection.php?entrycode=censorship  http://zul.lakesideschool.org/lswiki/index.php?title=Beat_Poetry  http://www.altx.com/io/beatgeneration.html  http://www.bluesforpeace.com/beat-generation2.htm  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315869/Germany-end-World- War-One-reparations-92-years-59m-final-payment.html  http://americanhistory.about.com/od/worldwarii/a/wwiioverview_4.htm

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