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American Lit

stuff
STUDY
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Walt Whitman
"I hear america singing"
One of the greatest Am poets-- original free verse guy
About everyday sounds of work and happiness
Langston Hughes
famous black poet- wrote plays, auto bios, screenplays, "I, Too" poem about being treated badly, hints at whitmans poem, he is american just like everybody else
Amy Tan
"The Joy Luck Club" "Mother Tongue"
Death of a salesman
Arthur miller
The beat generation
1950's cold war/ red scare econ success
Writers- Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs
traveled around the world, beat means down/ out
took negative connotation and turned it around
ferlinghetti- "I am waiting"
Ferlinghetti
"I am waiting"
American Indian Cultural Concepts
Respect- respect and humility are fundamental ideas
Relation- all things living things "alive" are related
Reciprocity- because related, all things show respect, nothing is taken away without something in return
Culture
a system of beliefs and values through which a group of people structure their influence
Pluralism
a conviction that various religious ethnic racial and political groups should be allowed to thrive in a single society
Myths
dramatic representation of culturally important truths
-convey beliefs and values
-beliefs about nature, social order, human native
Cultures
have myths/ stories for the origin of things---the words, human beings
Purpose of oral stories
record/ transmit info within generations---all members equal ownership of collective memories
Types of stories (myths)
-origin and explanatory stories
-hero stories
-trickster stories
-prophecies