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literary time period

TermDefinition
Native American before 1600s (oral traditions, epic poems, creation myths, natural)
puritanism or colonial 1620-1750 ( purify the church of England, diaries ad historical accounts, simple worship of god)
revolutionary/ Age of Reason/ Enlightenment 1750-1800 ( philosophers and scientists, reason and deduction, satirical and skeptical)
Romanticism/ Dark Romanticism/ Anti- Transcendentalism/ American Gothic 1800-1865 ( intuition and idealism, individual freedom, dark and supernatural)
Transcendentalism 1840-1860 ( self- reliance and individualism, reflected on nature, believed institutions were responsible for corrupting the inherent goodness of people )
Realism, regionalism, naturalism 1865-1930 ( rapidly growing cities, ghettos, industrial rev, corrupt politicians realistic settings of everyday life and ordinary people)
Modernism 1914-1945 ( bold and experimental, breaking tradition, stream of consciousness, optimistic belief that people can change the world around them)
Lost Generation, Jazz Age, Roaring 20's, and the Harlem Renaissance 1917-1937 ( poetry based on spirituals jazz and blues and the use of slang in everyday diction, prohibition to WW1, African american culture in Harlem)
Beat Generation 1950-1965 ( post WW2 generation, promoted sex and sexuality as a healthy topic, hipsters defied modest america w/ their hedonistic bohemianism and celebration of nonconforming creativity,
Contemporary or Postmodernism 1950-present day ( heavily influenced by social media language and information technology, rejects the idea that anything is truly "unique", irony, unreliable narrators, absurdity, self-awareness, and deconstruction all examples of the past decade's lit.
Created by: lexsea nix