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First American Literature
came from Native Americans, was based on oral tradition. Included myths, songs and was inspired by nature.
Puritan Literature
was influenced by religion. They wrote sermons, diaries...
sermon
a speech made by a priest or religious leader, especially as part of a religious ceremony
The Age of Reason/ Enlightenment
comprised philosophers, scientists
The Enlightenment
an intellectual movement in 18th-century Europe that emphasized the importance of human thought and science rather than religious belief
Romanticism
valued feeling, intuition, imagination and supernatural
transcendentalism
the idea of selfreliance
selfreliance
ability to do things for yourself and not depend on other people
Realism
modernism
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Roaring twenties, Jazz Age
the 1920s, considered as an exciting period of time when the economy was successful and there were a lot of changes in culture and society
speakeasy
a place that illegally served alcoholic drinks in the US during Prohibition (=the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcohol was illegal)
bootlegger
the one who makes or sells something illegally, especially music or alcohol
flapper
a young woman in the 1920s who had short hair, wore short dresses, and had a lot of fun at parties
assembly line
a system for making products in a factory in which each worker or machine is responsible for adding or checking a particular part
headdress
a covering or decoration for the head
stream of consciousness
the thoughts of a character in a book that are expressed as they happen
to coin a phrase
to use a word or phrase that no one has used before (Gertrude Stein coined the term LOST GENERATION)
Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Catch 22
Joseph Heller
John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men
Washington Irving
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Ken Kesey
One Flew over the Cuckoo´s Nest

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