American Romanticism. Time Period American Romanticism lasted roughly from 1800 to 1860. American Romanticism lasted roughly from 1800 to 1860

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  • American Romanticism

  • 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.

  • SourcesMays, Peter. "American History Timeline." Animated Atlass. 2002. 3 Dec 2006 .Nathaniel Hawthorne." Wikipedia .3 Dec 2006 .William Cullen Bryant, Wikipedia .3 Dec 2006 .Washington Irving, Wikipedia .3 Dec 2006 . Edgar Alan Poe, Wikipedia .3 Dec 2006 . Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Wikipedia .3 Dec 2006 . James Fenimore Cooper, Wikipedia .3 Dec 2006 .Romanticism, Wikipedia .3 Dec 2006 .

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