Category Archives: American Literature

Dystopian and Utopian Novels, Oct. 2017

Last October, impending nuclear war was dominating the national news, so I organized a group of eight retired English teachers to read Alas, Babylon, an upbeat dystopian novel about life in central Florida after the Bomb. The plan was actually … Continue reading

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The Short Story from pre-Romanticism through Today’s Postmodernism, June 2017–Sept. 2017

Last summer I gathered six English teachers (four of whom teach AP Literature) for us to read 36 representative short stories during June and July to experience the development of the short story genre from its inception to today’s Postmodernist … Continue reading

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Puritan Background to Hawthorne

As I mentioned in the meeting on Monday, Hawthorne misrepresents Puritanism in “Young Goodman Brown” and The Scarlet Letter.  In fact, Hawthorne depicts Puritans as the opposite of their actual faith and practices. Puritans believed that faith is a gift … Continue reading

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Romanticism–British and American

Steve sent this to me by e-mail, and he has permitted me to post it on the blog.  I hope you’ll submit a reply/comment and also send me by e-mail a piece you’d like to have posted as a “new” … Continue reading

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Literary Romanticism

During the late 18th century and the 19th century, Europe and America rejected the formalism of Neoclassicism in painting, music, literature, and even gardening.  Attention moved from interests in nobility and the “proper-ness” of powdered wigs and geometrically designed formal … Continue reading

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Pre-Washington Irving Short Stories

I’m hoping that you’ll want to post informal comments about the stories we discussed yesterday–maybe something you thought about later or something you want to share with the group. I enjoyed the approaches that you offered in analyzing the pre-Washington … Continue reading

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