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Title: Early American Literature 1607 - 1848


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Early American Literature1607 - 1848
  • Characteristics

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Puritan beliefs displayed
  • Example poetry by Edward Taylor or Anne
    Bradstreet
  • writer examines relationship with God
  • OR writers ideas reflect Puritan values, like
    love being more important than wealth
  • OR work is a sermon or religious tract explaining
    a belief

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Typical early genres
  • sermon, religious poem, religious tract, diaries
    or journals
  • Example Taylors or Bradstreets religious
    poems Mathers sermons Bradfords history.
  • By end of 1700s, short fiction also became
    popular (add this to the options on your
    worksheet)

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Settings firmly grounded in the new world
  • Story is located in America.
  • Place names and other details make this clear.

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Focus on issues unique to the new world
  • Revolutionary War creation of new government
  • Encounters with Native Americans
  • Forming new social norms people dont have to
    behave just like they did in Europe
  • Surviving in a wilder environment
  • etc.

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Concerns about Native Americans
  • Settlers relationship with Native Americans
  • How should Native Americans be treated?
  • What are Native Americans like?

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Concerns about slavery
  • Is it acceptable?
  • What are its consequences?

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Developing new social codes and/or a national
identity
  • How should people behave, e.g.
  • romantic relationships
  • marriage
  • status
  • treatment of Native Americans/slaves
  • What should the government be like?

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Fictional plots are simple stories are more like
sketches
  • Sketch
  • prose that describes a scene or character
  • not much plot, no conflict, no resolution

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Use of realistic dialects
  • Characters sound like regular people, not
    aristocrats
  • How do we identify realistic?
  • Shortened words show natural pronunciation
  • chargd, wont, havin, whipt
  • Look for flavoring particles
  • today you use like and ya know what might
    be the equivalent in the stories you read?
  • Phonetic spelling of accented English
  • de the ting thing
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