American Lit: It's "Lit"! (Transcendentalism :recycle:…
American Lit: It's "Lit"!
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Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado is an American short story author, essayist, and critic frequently published in The New Yorker, Granta, Lightspeed Magazine, and other publications. Her story collection Her Body and Other Parties was published in 2017.
Gothic Literature :explode:
Edgar Allen Poe
The Fall of the House of Usher
"Usher" was first published in September 1839.
The realistic elements (i.e. illness, death, etc.) make for a more haunting story because it can be easily related to one's life and experiences.
Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.
Slave Narrative :forbidden:
May include a letter from a white abolitionist
A common path that a slave narrative may take is: birth -> reading/writing -> sold/children sold -> freedom -> redemption
A slave narrative is a literary genre that is orated or written by a slave or ex-slave.
Harriet Ann Jacobs was an African-American writer who escaped from slavery and was later freed. She became an abolitionist speaker and reformer. Jacobs wrote an autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, first serialized in a newspaper and published as a book in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent.
Born: February 11, 1813, Edenton, NC
Died: March 7, 1897, Washington, D.C.
Colonial Poetry :<3:
Topics of the poetry include: religion, Greek mythology, history, paradoxical self-pity, and a turn to heaven.
Anne Bradstreet was the most prominent of early English poets of North America and first writer in England's North American colonies to be published. She is the first Puritan figure in American Literature and notable for her large corpus of poetry, as well as personal writings published posthumously.
Born: March 20, 1612, Northampton, United Kingdom
Died: September 16, 1672, North Andover, MA
The Enlightenment :fire:
Self individual freedom
Time of change of religion to scientific logical rationalism
Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings.
Born: February 14, 1818, Cordova, MD
Died: February 20, 1895, Washington, D.C.
The closer to nature, the better
Cliché about the desire to be one with nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.
Born: May 25, 1803, Boston, MA
Died: April 27, 1882, Concord, MA
He wanted to look towards the future.
Henry David Thoreau was an American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, yogi, and historian.
Born: July 12, 1817, Concord, MA
Died: May 6, 1862, Concord, MA
Author of "Walden"
Walden is a book by transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. The text is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance.
As we go forward through time, the literature evolves quite nicely. Each section has its own unique perspective which allows us to view history through the writings of individuals that were alive during that time to experience it. Being able to learn from these writer's is a priceless educational component that everyone should have the opportunity to experience.