American Literature Literary Introduction

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American Literature Literary Introduction

  1. 1. American Literature A literary introduction Raffaele Nardella Washington Irving http://www.brianjayjones.com/images/portraits/irvingBrady.jpg
  2. 2. A literature of one’s own <ul><li>A distinct voice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural tradition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom from the influence of England </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The American Renaissance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1820s – National literary tradition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Against English cultural patterns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influence of early 19th century writers (Scott, Byron, Coleridge) </li></ul></ul>Raffaele Nardella
  3. 3. A literature of one’s own <ul><li>The break away from European tradition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New England, a workshop for a new literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Settings and subjects related to America </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington Irving ( The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>James Fenimore Cooper ( The Last of the Mohicans ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harriet Beecher Stowe ( Uncle Tom’s Cabin ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Americanness: rooted in nature </li></ul></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:James_Fenimore_Cooper_by_Jarvis.jpg Raffaele Nardella
  4. 4. A literature of one’s own <ul><li>Two great masters </li></ul>Nathaniel Hawthorne Herman Melville Moby Dick The Scarlet Letter Raffaele Nardella

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