American Literature Types

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Last updated: May 1, 2019
Colonial Literature
First encounters with American Indians until 1800

Romanticism (1800-1860)
Writers celebrated one’s feelings and intuition rather than one’s reason (heart vs mind)

Transcendentalism (1840-1860)
Writers looked for religion in nature, belief that people and nature are inherently good

A New, Innovative Poetry
Writers experiment with new styles of writing and new subject matters. Ex: Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson

Realism (Civil War-1914)
Portrays ordinary life in non-romantic settings

Modernism (1914-1950)
Writers used new styles of writing, rejected traditional themes and styles

Harlem Renaissance (1920’s)
Celebration of African American culture through the creative arts

Post Modern (Contemporary) (1950-Present)
Hunger Games, Paper Towns, etc.

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