American Literature Timeline

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  • Enlightenment

    Enlightenment
    The age is distinguished by an emphasis upon liberty, democracy, republicanism and religious tolerance – culminating in the drafting of the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Attempts to reconcile science and religion resulted in a rejection of prophecy, miracle and revealed religion.
  • Romanticism

    Was a movement that started in the second half of the 18th century in Europe. It was a revolt against aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature.
  • Transcendentalism

    Transcendentalism
    Transcendentalism happened in the 1830s-1840s and the main founders were Emerson and Thoreau. They believed you must not conform to an unjust society and you must be yourself. They also believed nature was very important and you must live in simplicity.
  • Nature Essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Nature Essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

    Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  • American Civil War

    American Civil War
  • Realism

    (1865-1915) - Realism is the presentation in art of the details of actual life. Realism was also a literary movement that began during the nineteenth century and stressed the actual as opposed to the imagined or the fanciful
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Progressive Movement

  • World War 1

    World War 1
  • Modernism

    Was influenced majorly by World War 1 and modernist authors asked such questions as "Why are we here", and "who decides what is art". Notable authors: E.e Cummings (1894-1962), Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), Walt Whitman (1819-1892).
  • Harlem Renaissance

    Harlem Renaissance
    The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the 1920s and 1930s. Notable authors: Langston Hughes (1902-1967), Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), Claude Mckay(1889-1949).
  • I Too Sing America by Langston Hughes

    I Too Sing America by Langston Hughes
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Great Depression

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • World War two

    World War two
  • Post Modernism

  • 1984 by George Orwell

    1984 by George Orwell
  • Beat Generation

    Beat Generation
    Major authors: Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), William S. Burroughs (1914-1997). Major beat generation Works: On the Road, Howl, Naked Lunch
  • Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger

    Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov

    Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
  • Howl by Allen Ginsberg

    Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  • I carry your heart with me e.e cummings

  • Civil Rights Movements

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War