Text of American Romanticism. Time Period American Romanticism lasted roughly from 1800 to 1860. American...
Time PeriodAmerican Romanticism lasted roughly from 1800 to 1860.
Historical ContextSome events surrounding the Romantic literary movement in America were:The Louisiana PurchaseThe Movement West (The American Frontier)War of 1812The European Romantic movement
Major Characteristics:More set towards emotional appeals than ethical or logical ones.Mostly fictional storiesEmphasis on creativity, imagination, emotion, and intuition.Works associated with appreciation of nature.Inclusion of supernatural subjects.
Explores the mysteries of nature and the inner selfIncorporated the relationship between nature and imagination
Traits, Forms, and TermsFolk tales & tall tales (hyperbolic)Stock characters (stereotypical, flat)Firsts: American short stories, American novel, and American dictionaryAmerican Gothic style emerged (incorporation of supernatural); precursor to horror fictionEmphasis on symbolismOmniscient narrators/ p.o.v.
James Fenimore CooperAuthor of the first American novelKnown for frontier fictionFamous Works:The Leatherstocking TalesThe Last of the Mohicans
Edgar Alan PoeFather of American Gothic/ HorrorFamous works:The Raven, The Telltale Heart,The Masque of the Red Death, The Fall of the House of Usher, etc.
William Cullen BryantNature poetryFamous Works:Thanatopsis
Washington IrvingAmerican folk tale Famous Works:The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, The Devil and Tom Walker
Henry Wadsworth LongfellowNarrative poetryFamous works:Paul Reveres Ride, Evangeline, The Song of Hiawatha.
Nathaniel HawthorneFamous Works:The House of Seven Gables, The Scarlet Letter.
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