Modern American Fiction examines the development of American fiction from the flourishing of American Modernism in the s to contemporary voices and trends. The texts will be interpreted from a social and historical perspective, as products of American culture, and also from a formal or aesthetic perspective, as examples of literary genres or aesthetic movements which have a complex history and development within and outside of American literary circles. The first term will take as its starting point the explosive historical and literary consequences of a world war, by exploring the failure of the American dream and America's loss of innocence through the modernist formal fragmentation and the expression of alienation, self-effacement, and historical displacement in the fiction of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner.
Simile - contrasting to seemingly unalike things to enhance the meaning of a situation or theme using like or as What happens to a dream deferred, does it dry up like a raisin in the sun Hyperbole - exaggeration I have a million things to do today.
Personification - giving non-human objects human characteristics America has thrown her hat into the ring, and will be joining forces with the British. Foot - grouping of stressed and unstressed syllables used in line or poem Iamb - unstressed syllable followed by stressed Made famous by the Shakespearian sonnet, closest to the natural rhythm of human speech How do I love thee?
The iamb stumbles through my books; trochees rush and tumble; while anapest runs like a hurrying brook; dactyls are stately and classical. Remember, though the most immediate forms of imagery are visual, strong and effective imagery can be used to invoke an emotional, sensational taste, touch, smell etc or even physical response.
Suspense - The tension that the author uses to create a feeling of discomfort about the unknown Conflict - Struggle between opposing forces. Exposition - Background information regarding the setting, characters, plot.
Point of View - pertains to who tells the story and how it is told. The point of view of a story can sometimes indirectly establish the author's intentions.
Narrator - The person telling the story who may or may not be a character in the story. Second person - Narrator addresses the reader directly as though she is part of the story. Does not assume character's perspective and is not a character in the story.
The narrator reports on events and lets the reader supply the meaning. Omniscient - All-knowing narrator multiple perspectives. The narrator knows what each character is thinking and feeling, not just what they are doing throughout the story.
This type of narrator usually jumps around within the text, following one character for a few pages or chapters, and then switching to another character for a few pages, chapters, etc. Rhythm is the juxtaposition of stressed and unstressed beats in a poem, and is often used to give the reader a lens through which to move through the work.
See meter and foot Setting - the place or location of the action. The setting provides the historical and cultural context for characters. It often can symbolize the emotional state of characters. Speaker - the person delivering the poem.
Remember, a poem does not have to have a speaker, and the speaker and the poet are not necessarily one in the same. Structure fiction - The way that the writer arranges the plot of a story.
Repeated elements in action, gesture, dialogue, description, as well as shifts in direction, focus, time, place, etc. Structure poetry - The pattern of organization of a poem.
For example, a Shakespearean sonnet is a line poem written in iambic pentameter. Because the sonnet is strictly constrained, it is considered a closed or fixed form. Symbolism - when an object is meant to be representative of something or an idea greater than the object itself. Cross - representative of Christ or Christianity Bald Eagle - America or Patriotism Owl - wisdom or knowledge Yellow - implies cowardice or rot Tone - the implied attitude towards the subject of the poem.
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Websites arranged chronologically by the following periods: Anglo-Saxon and Medieval, Renaissance and 17th Century, Restoration and 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, Modern (British and American), Contemporary (British and American). American Literature Readings in the 21st Century publishes works by contemporary critics that help shape critical opinion regarding literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the United States.
Literary Analysis: Using Elements of Literature Students are asked to write literary analysis essays because this type of assignment encourages you to think about how and why a poem, short story, novel, or play was written. A frequent complaint against contemporary American fiction is that too often it puts off readers in ways they find difficult to fathom.
Books such as Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, and Don DeLillo's Underworld seem determined to upset, disgust, or annoy their. Books shelved as contemporary-american-fiction: White Noise by Don DeLillo, Rabbit at Rest by John Updike, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, The Goldf.