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Title: American Literature Between the Wars 19141945


1
American Literature Between the Wars (1914-1945)
  • An Overview

2
Changing Literature
  • Major social changes going on during this time
    were mirrored in the literature. For instance,
    after WWI, two groups who had previously been
    disenfranchised became artistically and
    politically central to American life African
    Americans and white women.
  • Some writers rejoiced in the change, others
    lamented it.
  • Three major literary conflicts of this period
  • The question of how engaged in social and
    political struggles a work of literature should
    be
  • A conflict of the place of the popular in serious
    literature As popular culture gained momentum,
    one faction felt that it was crucial for
    literature that it embraced popular forms. The
    other faction felt that good literature should
    reject the commercialism of popular culture
  • Conflict centered on tradition versus
    authenticity.

3
Other Influences on Literature
  • Marxism and Communism
  • Sacco-Vanzetti Case
  • Prohibition and the entrance of the gangster into
    cultural life (a new villain)
  • Changes in sexual mores
  • Americanized Freudian ideas individual trapped
    in a repressive culture or an examination of the
    repressive culture itself
  • Suffrage and the changing roles of women
  • The Great Migration and widespread urbanization
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • New Technology, particularly electricity and
    automobiles
  • The Great Depression
  • The Rise of serious theatre in Europe and the
    American tours provided by these acting troupes
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