American Literature Topics

Compare and contrast Transcendentalism and Dark Romanticism

The Development of Early American Literature

Analysis of Themes in Early American Poetry Poe–his influence on American Literature Literary nationalism as an emerging trend in American literature from the beginnings to 1820 Women poets from the colonies – their challenges and contributions Compare the Puritan focus with the enlightenment thinkers (using exemplary literary works from each period). Dickinson’s Explorations of Poetry Native American oral and written traditions The ideals of masculinity that helped shape the nineteenth-century figure of the American hero Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne contribution to Dark Romanticism The elements of Naturalism Characteristics of African American literature An author’s influence on American literature (you pick the author) The impact of Modernism on American literature The impact of the Great Depression on American literature

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