American Literature and Culture 1900-1960 by Gail McDonald

By Gail McDonald

This advent to American literature and tradition from 1900 to 1960 is prepared round 4 significant rules approximately the United States: that's it “big”, “new”, “rich”, and “free”.

  • Illustrates the creative and social weather within the united states in this period.
  • Juxtaposes dialogue of background, pop culture, literature and different paintings varieties in ways in which foster dialogue, wondering, and persevered examine.
  • An appendix lists correct fundamental and secondary works, together with websites.
  • An perfect complement to fundamental texts taught in American literature courses.

Chapter 1 immense (pages 6–59):
Chapter 2 wealthy (pages 60–109):
Chapter three New (pages 110–164):
Chapter four unfastened (pages 165–210):

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For the Brooklynite Walt Whitman, it was an almost unbearable pleasure: I have instant conductors all over me whether I pass or stop, They seize every object and lead it harmlessly through me. I merely stir, press, feel with my fingers, and am happy, 27 ALAC01 27 29/06/2006, 02:53PM BIG To touch my person to some one else’s is about as much as I can stand. (“Song of Myself,” 1855) But proximity also measures the lack of private space, as we have seen in the example from Native Son. Consider Gwendolyn Brooks’s “kitchenette building” (1945): Its tenants are “grayed in, and gray,” so intent upon feeding their families and raising the rent that they have no leisure for dreams.

I did not say my prayers that night: here, I felt, what would be would be. Willa Cather, My Ántonia, 1918 Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home, where he himself is free. Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again,” 1936 Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination . . Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Poet,” 1844 America’s size matters. John Winthrop’s image of the New World settlements as a city on a hill did not reflect a tangible reality: the shore may not even have been in his sight as he delivered his sermon.

Gilman’s young mother is expected to stay not only in her room but in her bed, which in turn is bolted to the floor. The rest cure was designed to calm the nerves by, in effect, radical simplification of the patient’s environment. And why, if simplification involved small spaces for women, did the treatment for men require the opposite? Those ministering to male sufferers routinely prescribed physical activity in the great outdoors as the antidote to the distresses of modernity. ” In speeches and essays in the 1890s (“The Strenuous Life,” “The American Boy,” for example) Roosevelt codified a kind of clean-living manliness as the prescription for the health of both the country and its male citizens.

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