Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present
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Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present

By Amy Berke, Robert R. Bleil, Jordan Cofer
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Book Description

Since America's founding, the diversity of American writers has shaped its literature. Authors and poets of the past have created a colorful collection of works that are still studied today alongside contemporary works. Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present, is designed to continue the preservation of famous American literary works in the minds of college students. Readers will encounter a comprehensive collection of over seventy-five short stories, poems, and novel selections that encompass the distinct writing styles of the writers and eras. The text takes students on an academic journey of American Literature from the period of Late Romanticism to Modernism and the present. Each chapter begins with brief writer bios and includes a concise introduction to the time period and how certain scoietal, economical, and political factors influenced writers in that era. Featured authors and poets include favorites such as Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and Flannery O'Conner among many more. This anthology provides an opportunity for students to engage in extensive analysis of American works, both past and present.

Table of Contents
  • 1 LATE ROMANTICISM (1855-1870)
    • 1.1 Learning Outcomes
    • 1.2 Introduction
    • 1.3 Walt Whitman
      • 1.3.1 Song of Myself
      • 1.3.2 “Oh Captain! My Captain!”
      • 1.3.3 “CROSSING BROOKLYN FERRY”
      • 1.3.4 Reading and Review Questions
    • 1.4 Emily Dickinson
      • 1.4.1 “I TASTE A LIQUOR NEVER BREWED”
      • 1.4.2 “THE SOUL SELECTS HER OWN SOCIETY”
      • 1.4.3 “BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH”
      • 1.4.4 “MY LIFE HAD STOOD—A LOADED GUN”
      • 1.4.4 Reading and Review Questions
    • 1.5 KEY TERMS
  • 2 Realism (1865-1890)
  • 2.12 Chapter Two Key Terms
  • 2.11 Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    • 2.11.1 “The Yellow Wall-Paper”
    • 2.11.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 2.10 Charles Waddell Chesnutt
    • 2.10.1 “The Passing of Grandison”
    • 2.10.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 2.9 Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
    • 2.9.1 “A New England Nun”
    • 2.9.2 “The Revolt of ‘Mother’”
    • 2.9.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 2.8 Kate Chopin
    • 2.8.1 “At The ‘Cadian Ball”
    • 2.8.2 ”The Storm”
    • 2.8.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 2.7 Sarah Orne Jewett
    • 2.7.1 “A White Heron”
    • 2.7.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 2.6 Henry James
    • 2.6.1 Daisy Miller: A Study
    • 2.6.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 2.5 Ambrose Bierce
    • 2.5.1 “Chickamauga”
    • 2.5.2 “Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge”
    • 2.5.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 2.4 William Dean Howells
    • 2.4.1 “Editha”
    • 2.4.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 2.3 Mark Twain
    • 2.3.1 “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
    • 2.3.2 Selections From Roughing It
    • 2.3.3 “The War Prayer”
    • 2.3.4 Reading and Review Questions
  • 2.2 Introduction
    • 2.2.1 Local Color (1865-1885)
    • 2.2.2 Regionalism (1875-1895)
  • 2.1 Learning Outcomes
  • 3 Naturalism (1890-1914)
  • 3.6 CHAPTER THREE KEY TERMS
  • 3.5 Jack London
    • 3.5.1 “To Build a Fire”
    • 3.5.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 3.4 Stephen Crane
    • 3.4.1 “The Open Boat”
    • 3.4.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 3.3 Frank Norris
    • 3.3.1 “A Plea For Romantic Fiction”
    • 3.3.2 Selections from McTeague
    • 3.3.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 3.2 Introduction
  • 3.1 Learning Outcomes
  • Turn of the Twentieth Century and the Growth of Modernism (1893 - 1914)
  • 4.6 CHAPTER FOUR KEY TERMS
  • 4.5 Zane Grey
    • 4.5.1 RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
    • 4.5.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 4.4 W. E. B. Du Bois
    • 4.4.1 Selections from The Souls of Black Folk
    • 4.4.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 4.3 Booker T. Washington
    • 4.3.1 Selections from Up From Slavery
    • 4.3.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 4.2 Introduction
  • Modernism (1914 - 1945)
  • 5.23 CHAPTER FIVE KEY TERMS
  • 5.22 Jean Toomer
    • 5.22.1 Selections from Cane
    • 5.22.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.21 Countee Cullen
    • 5.21.1 “Heritage”
    • 5.21.2 “Yet Do I Marvel”
    • 5.21.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.20 Langston Hughes
    • 5.20.1 “Christ in Alabama”
    • 5.20.2 “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”
    • 5.20.3 “Theme for English B”
    • 5.20.4 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.19 Nella Larsen
    • 5.19.1 “Sanctuary”
    • 5.19.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.18 Zora Neale Hurston
    • 5.18.1 “Sweat”
    • 5.18.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.17 Jessie Redmon Fauset
    • 5.17.1 “The Sleeper Wakes”
    • 5.17.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.17 The Harlem Renaissance
  • 5.16 Eudora Alice Welty
    • 5.16.1 “A Worn Path”
    • 5.16.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.15 William Faulkner
    • 5.15.1 “A Rose For Emily”
    • 5.15.2 “Barn Burning”
    • 5.15.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.14 Ellen Glasgow
    • 5.14.1 “Dare’s Gift”
    • 5.14.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.11 Southern Renaissance – First Wave
  • 5.13 Arthur Miller
    • 5.13.1 Death of a Salesman
    • 5.13.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.12 Ernest Hemingway
    • 5.12.1 “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”
    • 5.12.2 “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”
    • 5.12.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.11 F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • 5.11.1 “Winter Dreams”
    • 5.11.2 “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”
    • 5.11.3 “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”
    • 5.11.4 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.10 e. e. cummings
    • 5.10.1 “in Just-”
    • 5.10.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.9 Edna St. Vincent Millay
    • 5.9.1 “First Fig”
    • 5.9.2 “I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently”
    • 5.9.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.8 T. S. Eliot
    • 5.8.1 “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
    • 5.8.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.7 Marianne Moore
    • 5.7.1 “Poetry”
    • 5.7.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.6 Ezra Pound
    • 5.6.1 “In a Station of the Metro”
    • 5.6.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.5 William Carlos Williams
    • 5.5.1 “The Red Wheelbarrow”
    • 5.5.2 “This Is Just To Say”
    • 5.5.3 “The Dead Baby”
    • 5.5.4 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.4 Wallace Stevens
    • 5.4.1 “The Emperor of Ice Cream”
    • 5.4.2 “Of Modern Poetry”
    • 5.4.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.3 Robert Frost
    • 5.3.1 “Mending Wall”
    • 5.3.2 “Home Burial”
    • 5.3.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 5.2 Introduction
    • 5.2.1 The Great War
    • 5.2.2 Une Generation Perdue…(A Lost Generation)
    • 5.2.3 A Modern Nation
    • 5.2.3 Technology
    • 5.2.4 Modernist Literature
    • 5.2.5 Further Reading: Additional Secondary Sources
  • American Literature Since 1945 (1945 - Present)
  • 6.19 CHAPTER SIX KEY TERMS
  • 6.18 David Foster Wallace
    • 6.18.1 “This is Water”
    • 6.18.2 “Consider the Lobster”
    • 6.18.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.17 Leslie Marmon Silko
    • 6.17.1 “The Yellow Woman”
    • 6.17.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.16 Alice Walker
    • 6.16.1 “Everyday Use”
    • 6.16.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.15 Don DeLillo
    • 6.15.1 “The Most Photographed Barn in America” (excerpt from White Noise)
    • 6.15.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.14 Sylvia Plath
    • 6.14.1 “Daddy”
    • 6.14.2 “Fever 103”
    • 6.14.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.12 Toni Morrison
    • 6.12.1 “Recitatif”
    • 6.12.2 Reading and Review Questions
    • 6.13 Donald Barthelme
    • 6.13.1 “The School”
    • 6.13.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.11 Adrienne Rich
    • 6.11.1 “Diving into the Wreck”
    • 6.11.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.11 Allen Ginsberg
    • 6.10.2 “Supermarket in California”
    • 6.10.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.10 James Baldwin
    • 6.10.1 “Sonny’s Blues”
    • 6.10.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.9 Ralph Ellison
    • 6.9.1 Selection from Invisible Man
    • 6.9.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.8 Theodore Roethke
    • 6.8.1 “My Papa’s Waltz”
    • 6.8.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.7 Postmodernism
  • 6.6 Flannery O’Connor
    • 6.6.1 “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
    • 6.6.2 “Good Country People”
    • 6.6.3 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.5 James Dickey
    • 6.5.1 “Cherrylog Road”
    • 6.5.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.4 Tennessee Williams
    • 6.4.1 A Street Car Named Desire
    • 6.4.2 Reading and Review Questions
  • 6.3 Southern Literary Renaissance - Second Wave (1945-1965)
    • 6.3.1 The Cold War and the Southern Literary Renaissance
    • 6.3.2 Economic Prosperity
    • 6.3.3 The Civil Rights Movement in the South
    • 6.3.4 New Criticism and the Rise of the MFA program
    • 6.3.5 Innovation
  • 6.2 Introduction
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