CLEP American Literature study guide
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lit. device in which characters/events represent/symbolize ideas/concepts
attributing human emotion and conduct to all aspects within nature
unusual image in which apparently dissimilar things are shown to have a relationship
statement that appears to be self contradictory but actually has a basis in truth
a brief witty poem; 2 lines of poetry that rhyme
a thing/concept is not called by it's own name but by the name of something associated with it
a literary approach that proceeds from an analysis of reality in terms of natural forces (Dreiser, Norris, Crane)
a term for when part of something refers to the whole thing or vice versa
novel by James Fenimore Cooper(also wrote the Last of the Mohicans) features Natty Bumpo a resourceful white American living in the woods; story of the evolution of the wilderness into a civilized community (criticized Puritan society)
by Whitman a major work of comparative politics and letters
by James Russell Lowell (Romantic poet) about his views on America
Transcendentalist/journalist/women's right advocate who wrote "Women in the 19th century"
William Wells Brown
ex-slave; wrote 1st published novel by an African American "Clotel"
Charles Brockden Brown
American gothic writer; considered the "father of the American novel"
Mary Wilkens Freeman
author whose works emphasize religious constraints
Rebecca Harding Davis
"Life in the Iron Mills" (Realism)
William Dean Howells
Realist author/critic wrote the play "The mouse trap" and "The rise of Silas Lapham"
Charlotte Perkins Gillman
feminist author who wrote "The Yellow Wallpaper", "Women of Economics"
Naturalist who wrote 'Sister Carrie", "An American Tragedy", "The Financier"
George Washington Cable
wrote of Creole life in LA
known for accounts of pioneering life
naturalist who wrote "McTeague" and "The Octopus"
wrote "Babbitt" and "Main Street"
The Autocrat at the breakfast Table
by Oliver Wendell Holmes; a dialogue between residents at a NE boarding home
Hawthorne satirizing Transcendentalism
where you meet the characters and the setting
Stephen Crane, Jack London, Theodore Dreiser
Lowell, Longfellow, Whitman, Dickinson
created American detective fiction
wrote "The courtship of Miles Standish"
wrote Ethan Frome; known for portraits contrasting Americans and Europeans
Paul Laurence Dunbar
An Ante-bellum Sermon
semi-autobiographical work by Nabokov about an ineffectual professor
novel by John Updike, the protag is Harry Angstrom
a retelling of Beowolf by John Gardner
"The Chekhov of the Suburbs"; wrote the "Swimmer"; writings are about the social/emotional yearnings of upper middle class
The adventures of Augie March
by Saul Bellow (also wrote Henderson the Rain King); novel about a Jewish boy growing up in Chicago during the Great Depression
William Carlos Williams
wrote "Paterson"; described his poetic style as Objectivist with photographic images
poet wrote In Just
All of the King's Men
by Robert Penn Warren; traces the rise and fall of a Southern Politician (due to a secret affair)
Beat poet who wrote Howl
Nobody Knows my name
by James Baldwin; protag Tyrone Slothrop undergoes physiological conditioning to be able to detect things others cannot
Horatio Alger Myth
through hardwork anyone can succeed in America
Look Homeward, Angel
by Thomas Wolfe; semi-autobio of early 20th c. in the South
John Dos Passos
wrote the 42nd Parallel, 1919, and the Big Money
The Gilded Age
book cowritten by Warner and Twain in which they attack sentimental American myths of financial success
Call it Sleep
profound novel about Jewish life by Henry Roth
associated with Italian Fascism
The Floating Opera
by John Barth; the principal character is best described as a nihilist