Walt whitman: poems study guide contains a biography of walt whitman, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Brief overview imperialism and colonialism the vietnam war has roots in vietnam's centuries of domination by imperial and colonial powers—first china, which ruled ancient vietnam, and then france, which took control of vietnam in the late 1800s and established french indochina. African american literature, body of literature written by americans of african descentbeginning in the pre-revolutionary war period, african american writers have engaged in a creative, if often contentious, dialogue with american letters. Overview american literature, 1865-1914 the transformation of a nation the civil war, and the enormous devastation and loss of life it caused, left the united states morally exhausted at its conclusion.
New content is added regularly to the website, including online exhibitions, videos, lesson plans, and issues of the online journal history now, which features essays by leading scholars on major topics in american history. American romanticism (or the american renaissance) ann woodlief's introduction for many years, this period and these writers were known as the american renaissance, a coin termed by fo matthiessen in his book of that name in 1941. Major and minor themes major and minor themes are two types of themes that appear in literary works a major theme is an idea that a writer repeats in his literary work, making it the most significant idea in the work.
After the war of 1812, there was an increasing desire to produce a uniquely american literature and culture, and a number of literary figures emerged, among them washington irving, william cullen bryant, and james fenimore cooper. The american civil war, also known as the war between states and the war of secession, was an extremely gruesome and bloody war (world book 614) the war, which started on april 12, 1861, when the southern troops fired on fort sumter, and ended 4 years later, took more american lives than any other war in history (614. Civil war women civil war in literature from edsitement-reviewed documenting the american south provides a critical overview of writing during this period, including two personal diaries from southern women who survived it. An introduction to major topics in latin american literature, this course focuses on the literature of a particular region, period, or movement introduces students to literary analysis through reading extensive texts in spanish.
War was a major topic in american literature during this time america was just developing and many wars occurred the wars affected the people and their everyday lives because many of their loved ones were dying. - the role of religion in early american literature 1) the role of religion played a major role in early american literature many different authors form a variety of time period's incorporate religious ideas and philosophies into their writings. American literature, defined here as it traditionally has been to be the literature of the united states, or as written on land that would one day become the united states, has as its beginning date 1583, the year the earliest english writing explorers started to write about the new continent. A war novel (military fiction) is a novel in which the primary action takes place on a battlefield, or in a civilian setting (or home front), where the characters are either preoccupied with the preparations for, suffering the effects of, or recovering from war.
In american literature, the term realism encompasses the period of time from the civil war to the turn of the century during which william dean howells, rebecca harding davis, henry james, mark twain, and others wrote fiction devoted to accurate representation and an exploration of american lives in various contexts. The civil war has long served as a powerful, organizing division in american literary history as critics christopher hager and cody marrs recently noted, 1865 has provided a nearly unquestioned periodization for students, teachers, and scholars of american literature. Research paper topics for american literature can explore the lives of common people and social perception in poetic forms students have the option of exploring how poets perceive god, creation and life by focusing on a literary work's tone, imagery and choice of language.
Still, most americans, and certainly most american writers, regarded their literature as not necessarily distinct from but rather in conversation with english literary traditions american writers in this period did not write uncritically patriotic texts. In a conflict with unprecedented human costs — and without easy patriotic solutions — american literature took its first quiet shot at representing both the best and the worst qualities of war. African american literature, body of literature written by americans of african descent beginning in the pre-revolutionary war period, african american writers have engaged in a creative, if often contentious, dialogue with american letters.