Parry states in his book The Spanish Seaborne Empire, “Columbus did not discover a new world; he established contact between two worlds, both already old.” The Colonial Period in American Literature had key components including puritans, rationalists, and Native Americans. During this period there were two major influences on people: rationalism and puritanism. People normally identified themselves as one of these two political/religious identities. Rationalism is a belief or theory that opinions and actions should be based on reason and knowledge rather than on religious belief or emotional response. Benjamin Franklin is a prime example of a rationalist during this period.
Historical fiction novels allow the reader to explore outdated philosophies by presenting the information from a different perspective with pressure on having an authentic mindset from the time. Historical fiction authors such as Whitehead use the idea of “entertainment” value, better described as emotional appeal (pathos) to their advantage, manipulating the reader into learning details from a historical time period that they wouldn’t otherwise obtain from a textbook. The genre breaks down extensive topics such as slavery into individual accounts that are representative of the overall ideas in history, without overwhelming the reader with seemingly endless content. While at first glance historical fiction seems to be a rather trivial concept, with further examination it proves to be much more complex, using literary devices to leave the reader with an unforgettable view of
Cabrera is ‘a self-conscious interrogation of the nature and function of communication’ (53). She finds that ‘a large number of modernist writers (many of the also translators) were “foreigners” who sought to express the articulation of alternative identities through a radical new language’ (53). Though English is not a radical new language for Nabokov it is radical enough expressed through his own sense of lacking linguistic and literary devices in the newer language. By moving and being in new languages and cultures you also develop alternative identities that is then expressed with this foreignness as present in Lolita with the European and American tradition as well as the heritage of Humbert having parents of mixed descent (Nabokov 9). This is evident of exile and refugees that brought into a new union create a foreign experience.
Existentialism in the field of literature has been so greatly portrayed thus it became the highly discussed theme. Although, existentialism is a widely used literary movement but the underlying concepts are constant: * Mankind has free will * Life is a series of choices * Few decisions are without any negative consequences * Some actions and incidences are unreasonable or strange, without description. * Once you take a decision you should act upon it. As it has already been mentioned about Sartre that he and
One of the distinctively American form that came out of the Post-War Era in America is what has been called “selective realism” it is simply what is said to be realism but very selective one , it only shows what needed to be seen. Modern playwrights used to focus on Realism and to use it as the mainstream .One of the leading proponents selective realism is the American playwright Arthur Miller in The Death of the Salesman (1949), as well as the selective realist Tennessee Williams whose plays focused on the society’s dilemma that was restricted in an antagonistic
What made the series stand out was not necessarily the characters or the stories, but the way Conan wrote his stories, and the methods of deducting his characters would use. One thing the stands out about his short stories is that they are not connecting aside from characters. As Smith notes in his article, “Doyle developed a winning formula that was unusual: short stories featuring the same main characters, but
In these letters De Crevecoeur addresses how America is a new type of person. This new type of person De Crevecoeur refers to are the individuals who came to America during the frontier. These individuals came from all over and hold different beliefs. De Crevecoeur finds that “Diverse nationalities and faiths, he said, might well ‘melt’ into a more peaceful, justice-loving, and prosperous original, and it should be the envy of the world” (Horwitz 23). The frontier brought about a whole new race of individuals who could bring a whole new perspective.
As far as the play of language produces meaning from differance, meaning arises from the lack of authoritative, unique, absolute or central significance. In both their plots and their themes, Faulkner's novels often appear bereft of conclusive sense. The author whose literary ambition is to “leave a scratch on that wall - Kilroy was here” (Faulkner in the University 61) discovers the meaning of his works during the course of their composition. Meaning must await being said or written in order to inhabit itself, and in order to become, by differing from oneself what it is: meaning... It is because writing is inaugural, in the fresh sense of the word, that it is dangerous and anguishing.
Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” enjoys the reputation of being one of the first great American short stories written by a pioneer of American fiction, and of capturing a transtemporal portrait of American life. Yet because of the ambivalence with which Irving treats the new nation in this work, scholarship has debated whether this story is simply “the first truly American folk tale, or a derivative vehicle used to undermine the young republic” (Wyman 220). I argue that this short story cannot be reduced to either an experiment in genre or a political critique. Rather, Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” depicts storytelling as the key to connecting national identity with mythology, and thus to strengthening a post-Revolutionary America. To understand this connection, we must first discover that Rip Van Winkle himself represents storytelling and authorship.
Transcendentalist Owl City In the 1840’s, writers and thinkers in the literary world started to think outside of the box, even more so than Romanticism. This movement is Transcendentalism, a philosophical movement based in New England that later migrated to America. Transcendentalists believed that intuition and the individual conscience could “transcend” experience, making them better guides to truth than logical reason. They were also called Romantic Transcendentalists because they respected romantic ideals, such as independence, individuality, and nature. They believed that man must think independently in order to truly learn about the world.