It was at its height between and But it came later in some countries, such as Italy, Spain, and the United States.
Overview An American Renaissance? They also note that studies of the American Renaissance have not paid enough attention to issues such as slavery, immigration, and other political and social contexts that shaped the writing of this period.
Nonetheless, the idea of an American Renaissance remains influential and shapes the structure of anthologies such as this one.
American Literary Nationalism While the s through s is usually identified as the period when American literature came into its own, the s were actually the years when critics first agreed that the United States had produced writers who wrote distinctively American works worthy of a great nation.
Many Americans saw their country as a place of democratic ideals that afforded opportunity to ordinary people rather than rewarding unearned social distinction or inherited wealth. Still, most Americans, and certainly most American writers, regarded their literature as not necessarily distinct from but rather in conversation with English literary traditions.
American writers in this period did not write uncritically patriotic texts. The Literary Marketplace in an Expanding Nation By the s, Americans had easy access to British literature and criticism, which, thanks to lax international copyright laws, could be republished and redistributed in the United States almost immediately after publication in London.
Technological developments in printing and the expansion in railroads, canals, and other forms of transportation allowed for fast, extensive, and economical distribution of printed matter.
Travel literature about westward expansion became a popular genre. Americans became increasingly interested in literature centered on urban life in this period, in large part because of the tremendous growth in the populations of Boston, Philadelphia, and New York resulting from Irish immigration and the influx of rural people to the cities.
Newspaper and magazine publishing exploded between and the s, providing American authors with new forums for their poetry, fiction, essays, travel writing, and political reportage.
Women found ways to enter the antebellum literary marketplace, often by publishing in magazines. Their participation in the print public sphere raised questions about how women should balance private, domestic responsibilities with public participation.
But during this time, there were also a variety of notions about what constituted reform.In the literary arts, Romantic heroes differed from traditional literary heroes in that they tended to challenge rather than champion the social and moral values of their time.
Most romantic writers saw themselves as heroes—the champions of a cult of the senses and of the heart. She has been involved in two important collaborative projects between the Open University and the BBC: The Big Read, and the television series The Romantics, and was a contributor to the British Library’s Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians site and to the 20th century site.
Stephanie has an extensive publications record. No other period in English literature displays more variety in style, theme, and content than the Romantic Movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
were crafting densely symbolic and original pieces of literature that nonetheless relied heavily upon the example of English Romanticism. Being well-read himself, Melville’s. Some of the main characteristics of Romantic literature include a focus on the writer or narrator’s emotions and inner world; celebration of nature, beauty, and imagination; rejection of.
This, of course, is hindsight. When we read Keats, Coleridge and Wordsworth, for instance, we gradually become aware that many of their sentiments and responses are foreshadowed by what has been described as a 'pre-romantic sensibility'.
Cuddon, J.A. The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory. Third Ed. London: Penguin Books, A more restricted sense of the term emerged during the Romantic period, by contrast, refers to a play written to be read rather than to be performed; hence, it is intended that the meaning of such a work can be realized fully on the page.
Through literature we are able to continuously uncover new information about history.