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Regionalism

Philip Joseph

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-05-29

RegionalismIntroductionIn American literature, regionalism refers to works that describe a distinctive local geography and culture, and to movements t...

Rich, Adrienne

Cheryl Colby Langdell

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Adrienne Rich Introduction One of the founders of what we now call “women’s studies,” major American feminist poet Adrienne Cecile Rich was si...

Rivera, Tomás

Danizete Martínez

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Tomás Rivera Introduction Tomás Rivera (b. 1935–d. 1984) was born in Crystal City, Texas, the son of Mexican immigrants, and grew up working a...

Robinson, Kim Stanley

Gerry Canavan

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-02-27

Kim Stanley RobinsonIntroductionKim Stanley Robinson (b. 1952) was born in Waukegan, Illinois, but moved to California as a small child, where he has ...

Roth, Henry

Steven Kellman

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-10-27

Henry RothIntroductionHenry Roth (b. 1906–d. 1995) was an American novelist and short-story writer whose autobiographically based fiction helped defin...

Roth, Philip

Benjamin Railton

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-08-26

Philip RothIntroductionIn his more than five decades of publication and notoriety, Philip Roth (b. 1933) has produced an extensive and noteworthy body...

Ruiz de Burton, María Amparo

Alicia Contreras

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-03-27

María Amparo Ruiz de BurtonIntroductionMaría Amparo Ruiz de Burton (b. 1832–d. 1895) was a Mexican-born woman who experienced the processes of Manifes...

Russ, Joanna

Paul March-Russell

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-04-24

Joanna RussIntroductionJoanna Russ was one of the most influential figures within postwar women’s science fiction. As a writer, she incorporated moder...

Sanchez, Sonia

Jennifer Ryan-Bryant

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-06-29

Sonia Sanchez Introduction Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934–), was born Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingham, Alabama. Her mother died when she was one ...

Schoolcraft, Jane Johnston

Robert Dale Parker

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Jane Johnston Schoolcraft Introduction Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (b. 1800–d. 1842) was the first known American Indian literary writer. She wr...

Sentimentalism and Domestic Fiction

Shirley Samuels

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Sentimentalism and Domestic Fiction Introduction The form of the American domestic and sentimental novel developed in the late 18th and early ...

Sermons

Joe Fulton

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Sermons Introduction For all of the 17th and most of the 18th century, the sermon was the dominant literary form in the American colonies. The...

Sexton, Anne

Linda Wagner-Martin

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-28

Anne SextonIntroductionAnne Gray Harvey Sexton (b. 1928–d. 1974), born in Newton, Massachusetts, was the third daughter of an established and moderate...

Silko, Leslie Marmon

Deborah L. Madsen

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-06-27

Leslie Marmon SilkoIntroductionLeslie Marmon Silko was born 5 March 1948 in Albuquerque, of Laguna, Mexican, and white ancestry, and raised on the Lag...

Sinclair, Upton

Nicolas S. Witschi

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-01-21

Upton SinclairIntroductionUpton Beall Sinclair Jr., (b. 1878–d. 1968) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to a family of meager means that still had hist...

Smith, John

William Boelhower

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

John SmithIntroductionCaptain John Smith (b. 1580–d. 1631) won honors and experience as a volunteer soldier on the continent before joining the first ...

Smith, Lillian

Will Brantley

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2020-01-15

Lillian SmithIntroductionLillian Smith (b. 1897–d. 1966) was born in Jasper, Florida, and grew up in a large and well-to-do southern family. In 1915, ...

Spofford, Harriet Prescott

Cindy Murillo

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Harriet Prescott SpoffordIntroductionHarriet Prescott Spofford (b. 1835–d. 1921) was a short-story writer, essayist, novelist, and poet born on 3 Apri...

Stein, Gertrude

Kirk Curnutt

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Gertrude Stein Introduction Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, to Daniel Stein and Amelia (“Milly”) Keyser. Orpha...

Stevens, Wallace

Bart Eeckhout

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-07-27

Wallace StevensIntroductionWallace Stevens (b. 1879–d. 1955) occupies a place in American literature that is both secure and insecure. He is a poets’ ...

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