American Literature and Culture 1900-1960 by Gail McDonald

By Gail McDonald

This advent to American literature and tradition from 1900 to 1960 is equipped round 4 significant rules approximately the USA: that's it “big”, “new”, “rich”, and “free”.

  • Illustrates the inventive and social weather within the united states in this period.
  • Juxtaposes dialogue of historical past, pop culture, literature and different paintings types in ways in which foster dialogue, wondering, and endured research.
  • An appendix lists suitable fundamental and secondary works, together with websites.
  • An perfect complement to basic texts taught in American literature courses.

Chapter 1 giant (pages 6–59):
Chapter 2 wealthy (pages 60–109):
Chapter three New (pages 110–164):
Chapter four unfastened (pages 165–210):

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In effect Roosevelt’s imperialistic energy redefined the frontier, thus reinforcing a conception of virility that required new fields to conquer. The condition of neurasthenia may be seen as a manifestation of the difficulties of transition, a shift from one set of social customs and assigned roles to other roles still evolving and, in a related if not causal way, from one view of the nation to another. As long as America was defined as a country in the making, with urgent work to be done in establishing a new civilization, the sense of purpose was implicit.

It is a metaphor describing the space between what once was and what is still to come. Thus, Edna Pontellier and Lily Bart know what they do not want but cannot commit themselves to future plans because the alternatives are still only dimly outlined. Or, to consider a mythical male example, what is a lumberjack like Paul Bunyan to do when there are no more trees? In effect Roosevelt’s imperialistic energy redefined the frontier, thus reinforcing a conception of virility that required new fields to conquer.

Without so clearly defined a purpose, hesitation, apathy, 17 ALAC01 17 29/06/2006, 02:53PM BIG paralysis, complacency set in. And this was the repeated complaint of the neurasthenic, both male and female. Henry Adams ends his Education imagining a future America: “he was beyond measure curious to see whether the conflict of forces would produce the new man, since no other energies seemed left on earth to breed. ” At the beginning of the twentieth century, the old energies were yielding to the new, in Adams’s terms, the material power of the dynamo replacing the spiritual power of the Virgin Mary.

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