By Gail McDonald
This creation to American literature and tradition from 1900 to 1960 is equipped round 4 significant rules approximately the US: that's it “big”, “new”, “rich”, and “free”.
- Illustrates the inventive and social weather within the united states in this period.
- Juxtaposes dialogue of background, pop culture, literature and different artwork varieties in ways in which foster dialogue, wondering, and endured research.
- An appendix lists correct fundamental and secondary works, together with websites.
- An perfect complement to fundamental texts taught in American literature courses.
Chapter 1 monstrous (pages 6–59):
Chapter 2 wealthy (pages 60–109):
Chapter three New (pages 110–164):
Chapter four loose (pages 165–210):
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In “Acquainted with the Night” (1928), however, he evokes the solitude of a walker in the city: I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in rain – and back in rain. I have outwalked the furthest city light. Although the poem is set at night, we sense that this is a speaker whose loneliness does not dissipate at sunrise. The details of the poem – rain, the eyes evading contact, the unnamed things that the speaker is unwilling to explain, the attribution of sadness to city lanes, the faintly menacing sound of footsteps nearby and a cry far away, the circularity of the poem’s form – all these suggest an inescapable sorrow.
I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me. . In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature. (chapter 1) The exuberant tone of this passage suggests that to transcend boundaries is to experience a rare ecstasy. But Emerson’s mood could be quite otherwise. Elsewhere, in his later essay “Experience,” for example, he intimates the potential threat in these circulating currents. We have learned that we do not see directly, but mediately, and that we have no means of correcting these colored and distorting lenses which we are, or of computing the amount of their errors.
Translation: Americans of my class are martyrs to our highly developed and sensitive natures. The locus classicus of neurasthenia and the “rest-cure” made famous by the physician S. Weir Mitchell is Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892). In her story, a new mother who suffers from an unnamed nervous illness is forced to do nothing but eat and sleep, expressly forbidden by her husband (he is also her physician) FIGURE 2 Sanitarium photograph, Battle Creek, Michigan Photograph Willard Library for American Literature and Culture, Battle Creek, Michigan.