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"American Renaissance"

David S. Reynolds

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-11-28

“American Renaissance”IntroductionThe term American Renaissance, as applied to literature, was popularly established by the Harvard scholar F. O. Matt...

Adams, Henry

Philip Eppard

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-02-25

Henry Adams Introduction Henry Adams (b. 1838–d. 1918) was born in Boston into the most prominent political family in the United States. Grand...

African American Vernacular Tradition

LaMonda Horton-Stallings

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2017-02-28

African American Vernacular TraditionIntroductionThere are centuries worth of materials that can be classified as black vernacular tradition, some los...

Alcott, Louisa May

Anne K. Phillips

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2020-01-15

Louisa May AlcottIntroductionLouisa May Alcott (b. 1832–d. 1888) is among the most enduring of 19th-century American authors. Publishing in diverse ge...

Alexie, Sherman

Leah Sneider

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Sherman Alexie Introduction Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene) was born on October 7, 1966, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He attended...

Alger, Horatio

Gary Scharnhorst

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-09-22

Horatio AlgerIntroductionRaised in rural Massachusetts, the son of a Unitarian minister, Horatio Alger Jr. (b. 1832–d. 1899) graduated from Harvard Co...

American Exceptionalism

Donald E. Pease

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-06-27

American ExceptionalismIntroductionThe concept of American exceptionalism has provided US citizens with a representative form of self-recognition acro...

American Literature and Religion

Joe Fulton

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-06-27

American Literature and ReligionIntroductionFrom the era of exploration and first contact to the present day, religion has always been a defining feat...

American Magazines, Early 20th-Century Popular

David Earle

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-08-25

Early-20th-Century Popular American MagazinesIntroductionThe American popular magazine came into being in the 1890s due to advances in marketing, prin...

American Revolution, Music of the

Billy Coleman

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-10-27

Music of the American RevolutionIntroductionMusic of the American Revolution produced powerful effects. More than a mere backdrop to revolutionary eve...

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)

Jean-Philippe Marcoux

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-11-29

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)IntroductionAmiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones) (b. 1934–d. 2014) is one of the most important African American artists ...

Anaya, Rudolfo

Robert Con Davis-Undiano

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-04-28

Rudolfo AnayaIntroductionRudolfo Alfonso Anaya (b. 30 October 1937) was born in Pastura and grew up in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. In 1952, his family mov...

Anderson, Sherwood

Chad Trevitte

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-03-27

Sherwood Anderson Introduction Born in Camden, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson (b. 1876–d. 1941) was the son of a harnessmaker whose failing business ...

Angel Island Poetry

Ying Xu

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-09-25

Angel Island PoetryIntroductionAngel Island poetry refers to Chinese poems carved on the barrack walls of the US Angel Island Immigration Station in S...

Antin, Mary

Maria Karafilis

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-06-28

Mary AntinIntroductionMary Antin (b. 1881–d. 1949) was born in Polotzk, Russia. Her autobiographical narrative, The Promised Land, recollects a childh...

Anzaldúa, Gloria

Ariana Vigil

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Gloria AnzaldúaIntroductionGloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (b. 1942–d. 2004) was born in Raymondsville, Texas, in the lower Rio Grande Valley. She received...

Austin, Mary

Melody Graulich

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Mary Austin Introduction Mary Hunter Austin (b. 1868–d. 1934) was born in Carlinville, Illinois, and graduated from Blackburn College in 1888....

Baldwin, James

D. Quentin Miller

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

James BaldwinIntroductionJames Baldwin (b. 1924–d. 1987) is widely considered to be the most important African American author of his time, particular...

Barth, John

Berndt Clavier

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2016-02-25

John BarthIntroductionJohn Barth (b. 1930) grew up in Cambridge, Maryland, and has spent most of his life around the Chesapeake Bay. He entered Johns ...

Beats

Charles Molesworth

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Beats Introduction The “Beats” formed a literary movement with a strong social and cultural vision, but, equally important, they embodied a un...

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