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Native American Oral Literatures

Timothy Powell

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Native American Oral Literatures Introduction The oral traditions of Native Americans, Native Alaskans, and First Nations in Canada provide a ...

Newspapers, Nineteenth-Century American

David Grant

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2020-03-25

Nineteenth-Century American NewspapersIntroductionThough political scientists and historians of the 19th-century United States have always turned to n...

Norris, Zoe Anderson

Eve Kahn

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2021-05-26

Zoe Anderson NorrisIntroductionZoe Anderson Norris (b. 29 February 1860–d. 13 February 1914) was a Kentucky-born journalist, fiction writer, and poet ...

Northup, Solomon

Sam McGuire Worley

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2018-06-27

Solomon NorthupIntroductionSolomon Northup is the author of only one work, the narrative Twelve Years a Slave. This work is remarkable in large part b...

O’Brien, Tim

Catherine Calloway

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2015-06-29

Tim O’BrienIntroductionTim O’Brien (b. 1946) is a well-known contemporary American writer of seven novels, one memoir, and numerous short stories, non...

Occom, Samson and the Brotherton Indians

Ivy Schweitzer

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Samson Occom and the Brotherton IndiansIntroductionSamson Occom (b. 1723–d. 1792), a member of the Mohegan tribe of east-central Connecticut, came of ...

Olsen, Tillie

Panthea Reid

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Tillie Olsen Introduction The writing career of Tillie Lerner Olsen follows peculiar parabolic swings between celebrity and obscurity. Born on...

Ortiz, Simon

Elizabeth Archuleta

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2019-07-31

Simon OrtizIntroductionSimon Joseph Ortiz was born in 1941 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised at Acoma Pueblo. He has spent much of his life trave...

Petry, Ann

Melina Vizcaino-Aleman

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-07-30

Ann PetryIntroductionAnn Lane Petry (b. 1908–d. 1997) was a neighborhood novelist and an adopted daughter of Harlem who sold over a million copies of ...

Piatt, Sarah

Jess Roberts

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2014-05-29

Sarah Piatt Introduction Largely unknown to readers for most of the 20th century, Sarah Piatt (b. 1836–d. 1919) is now recognized by many as a...

Plath, Sylvia

Linda Wagner-Martin

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Sylvia Plath Introduction Sylvia Plath (b. 1932–d. 1963) was born to well-educated parents, Otto and Aurelia Schober Plath. Otto, who had immi...

Poe, Edgar Allan

Richard Kopley

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Edgar Allan PoeIntroductionBorn to a gifted actress and a less talented actor, Edgar Allan Poe (b. 1809–d. 1849) was orphaned in 1811 and taken in by ...

Porter, Katherine Anne

Darlene Harbour Unrue

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Katherine Anne Porter Introduction Katherine Anne Porter (b. 1890–d. 1980), christened Callie Russell Porter, was born in Indian Creek, Texas,...

Proletarian Literature

Bill Mullen

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Proletarian Literature Introduction Proletarian literature (from the Latin proletarius, belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens) is li...

Realism and Naturalism

John Dudley

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Realism and Naturalism Introduction Variously defined as distinct philosophical approaches, complementary aesthetic strategies, or broad liter...

Reed, Ishmael

Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure

Subject: American Literature »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Ishmael ReedIntroductionIshmael Reed (b. 1938–) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, grew up in Buffalo, New York, and attended the Buffalo Technical H...

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 ...

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