American Literature

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American Literature by Mind Map: American Literature

1. displacement/immigration/exile

2. History of the American Literature

2.1. 18th century

2.1.1. Imagining Eden

2.1.2. Writing of the Colonial and Revolutionary Period

2.2. 1800-1865

2.2.1. Making a Nation

2.2.2. The Making of American Myths

2.2.3. The Making of American Selves

2.2.4. The Making of an American Fiction and Poetry

2.3. 1865-1900

2.3.1. Rebuilding a Nation

2.3.2. The Development of Literary Regionalisms

2.3.3. The Development of Realism and Naturalism

2.3.4. The Development of Women's Writing

2.3.5. The Development of Many Americas

2.4. 1900-1945

2.4.1. Changing National Identities

2.4.2. Between Victorianism and Modernism

2.4.3. Traditionalism, Politics and Prophecy

2.4.4. Community and Identity

2.4.5. Mass Culture and the Writer

2.5. since 1945

2.5.1. Towards a Transnational Nation

2.5.2. Formalist and Confessionalism

2.5.3. Public and Private Histories

2.5.4. Beats, Prophets and Aesthets

2.5.5. The Art and Politics of Race

2.5.6. Realism and its Discontents

2.5.7. Language and Genre

2.5.8. Creating New America

3. The American Identity in Literature

3.1. Aspects of the American Identity in Literature

3.1.1. Individualism

3.1.2. Self-Reliance

3.1.3. Self-Centered

3.1.4. Free-Thinking

3.1.5. Racism and Social Classes

3.2. (88) Books that shaped America

3.2.1. includes

3.2.1.1. The Great Gatsby

3.2.1.2. The Waste Land

3.2.1.3. Angela's Ashes

3.2.1.4. The old man and the sea

3.2.1.5. The Grapes of Wrath

3.2.1.6. etc. (many more) ....

3.2.2. Where to find

3.2.2.1. Congress Library (online)

3.3. The Development and Change in American Identity throughout history

3.4. American Mind/Theories/ Myths

3.4.1. Myths of an emerging nation

3.4.2. The making of Western myth

3.4.3. The making of Southern myth

3.4.4. Legends of the old Southwest

3.4.5. The American Dream in Literature

3.4.5.1. The ideology/concept behind the American Dream

3.4.5.1.1. Inventors/Creators

3.4.5.1.2. Equality for people

3.4.5.1.3. Half Myth; Half Real

3.4.5.1.4. Reasons why it collapsed

3.4.5.2. Main American Values that shaped the American Dream

3.4.5.2.1. Freedom of Individual

3.4.5.2.2. Self-Reliance

3.4.5.2.3. Self-Discipline

3.4.5.2.4. Self-Sufficiency

3.4.5.3. Literacy Works relevant to the American Dream/that discussed the American Dream

3.4.5.3.1. Angela's Ashes

3.4.5.3.2. The old man and the sea

3.4.5.3.3. The Grapes of Wrath

3.4.5.3.4. The Waste Land

3.4.5.3.5. The Great Gatsby

4. Influenced By

4.1. genocide

4.2. authority

4.3. colonialism

4.4. Background History

4.5. etc.

5. Stereotypes

5.1. multiculturalism/cultural differences

5.2. Drama

5.3. immigration and exile

5.4. discrimination and racism

5.5. presecution

5.6. prejudice

5.7. genocide

5.8. National Stereotypes

5.8.1. Socio-economical conditions

5.8.2. values of a culture

5.8.3. history

5.8.4. myths

5.8.5. customs

6. American Literature VS English/British Literature

6.1. Similarities

6.1.1. Language = English

6.2. Main Differences

6.2.1. Vocabulary

6.2.1.1. British English

6.2.1.2. American English

6.2.2. Country/Land

6.2.2.1. Brit. Lit.: Colonizer

6.2.2.2. Am. Lit.: Colonized

6.2.3. Themes

6.2.3.1. Brit. Lit.: strictly fashioned, imaginative and witty

6.2.3.2. Am. Lit.: modern, revolutionary, innovative and realistic in nature

6.2.4. Where to find

6.2.4.1. Brit. Lit.: Briton; whole Europe

6.2.4.2. Am. Lit.: only in America with American Writers/Authors only

6.3. America developed a Literature of its own, though it was ones a British colony

6.4. American Literature in America with American Writers/Authors only

6.4.1. That makes American Literature divided into two types

6.4.1.1. limited/parochial Literature

6.4.1.2. international/globalized Literature

6.5. Characteristics/Features of Contemporary American Literature

6.5.1. When?

6.5.1.1. 1960s to present

6.5.2. Where

6.5.2.1. All over USA

6.5.3. Who?

6.5.3.1. Regular people, who have suffered - male, female - ethical diverse

6.5.3.1.1. Personal Experience

6.5.4. What?

6.5.4.1. Societal issues/ Problems

6.5.4.2. Critique of Society

6.5.4.3. Changes brought through different experiences

6.5.5. How?

6.5.5.1. Realistic (mostly)

6.5.5.2. Postmodern - disconnected, combines genres/ time periods

6.5.5.3. thoughtful - not always a happy ending

6.5.5.4. written in vernacular

6.5.5.5. varying lengths from half to 10 pages

6.5.5.6. Lots of figurative Language

6.5.5.7. Symbols are important

6.5.6. Why?

6.5.6.1. to show what society is like

6.5.6.2. to show personal experience

6.5.6.3. Inform society about things they might not notice/understand otherwise

6.5.6.4. express their identities, opinions

6.5.6.5. Freedom of expression on topics of importance

6.5.6.6. to raise awareness of problems

7. Types

7.1. Men Literature

7.2. Women Literature

7.3. Children Literature

7.4. Non-fictional Literature

7.5. Fictional Literature

7.6. regular (normal) American Literature

7.7. Multiculturalism

7.7.1. Native American Literature

7.7.2. African American Literature

7.7.3. Latin American Literature

7.7.4. Asian American Literature

7.7.5. Jewish American Literature