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What Lies Within: Parentheses and Ambiguity in Poetry of the Twentieth Century
http://www.thepequod.org.uk/essays/litcrit/parenthe.htm
''...the parenthesis has tended to be misinterpreted as referring simply to brackets and their contents. It is therefore important to highlight the distinction between parentheses and the syntax conventionally used to denote one."
From: The Pequod MLA: "Title of the Article/Page." The Pequod. dd mon.m yyyy. dd mon. yyyy .
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Patronage and the Harlem Renaissance Movement: the Case of Langston Hughes and Charlotte Mason
http://www.ncteamericancollection.org/cora_harlem_renaissance.htm
This article compares the artistic philosophies of Langston Hughes and Charlotte Mason. Also provides "research and extension activities."
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography,
Author: Wynn Yarbrough
From: Exxon Mobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection: Educators' Site
Keywords: Harlem Renaissance
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Antigone's Flaw
http://www.nhinet.org/lines.htm
Full text of Patricia Lines' Antigone's Flaw.
Author: Patricia Lines
From: HUMANITAS Volume XII, No. 1, 1999
Keywords: Antigone, Sophocles
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Bohemian Ink: Beat
http://www.levity.com/corduroy/beatniksmain.htm
This site contains links to information about the Beat generation, the authors of the period, and other pertinent information.
Contains: Historical Context
Keywords: Beats
 
The Book Market II
http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/~jmu2m/book.market-2.html
"The literary marketplace has always had three essential elements: authorship, publishing and audience. Each of these has been shaped by market forces from the very beginning, and each in its own way has mirrored the successive phases of Western capitalism -- pre-industrial/pre-modern, industrial/modern and, in the last fifty years, post-industrial and postmodern. Our immediate concern is with the literary marketplace in the last of these phases, but as we consider how that market has changed since World War II, it will be important to keep in mind that at least some of its features are perennial."
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Unsworth, John
From: Columbia History of the American Novel
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The Children's Literature Web Guide
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/
"The Children's Literature Web Guide is an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults." Includes bibliographies, awards, and links to everything from sites on particular authors to teaching resources.
Author: David K. Brown
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Defining Postmodernism
http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/elab/hfl0242.html
This page attempts to give an extended (approx. 1 page) definition of postmodernism.
Author: James Morley
From: Postmodern Culture
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Distrust of the Reader in Afro-American Narratives
http://books.iuniverse.com/viewbooks.asp?isbn=1583484167&page=300
"I will argue here... that Afro-American literature has developed as much because of the culture's distrust of literacy as because of its abiding faith in it."
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Robert B. Stepto
From: Reconstructing American Literary History Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986. p.300
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The Drama, 1860Š1918
http://www.bartleby.com/227/index.html#11
This lengthy analysis of American drama of the late 19th/early 20th century includes sections on "The Civil War on the Stage", "General Unconcern with Native Drama; Edwin Forrest; Charlotte Cushman; Edwin Booth; Lawrence Barrett", "The Theatres of the Eighties in New York", "Lurid Melodrama ", "William Vaughn Moody ", "Pageants ", and "Secessionist Groups."
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: Montrose J. Moses
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XVI: American, Early National Literature: Part II, Later National Literature: Part II
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A Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection
http://mikegrost.com/classics.htm
"This is an educational site containing reading lists and essays on great mysteries, mainly of the pre 1960 era."
Author: Michael E. Grost
Keywords: Mystery, Detective
 
How Beat Happened
http://ezone.org/ez/e2/articles/digaman.html
"From the swinging confluences of jazz and rap in Mission nightclubs, to the reinvigoration of poetry as bearer of the news among young people from slams to 'zines, to the warp-accelerated potlatch of ideas in online communities like the WELL, the "vibrations of sincerity" (as Jack Kerouac put it) championed by the writers of the Beat Generation have fired up a new generation of best minds in San Francisco."
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Steve Silberman
Keywords: Beats
 
Life Studies: American Poetry from T. S. Eliot to Allen Ginsberg
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/17149
Key American poets from the mid-20th century are profiled.
Contains: Historical Context
From: The Academy of American Poets
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Literary Kicks
http://www.litkicks.com/
This site is dedicated to the writers of the Beat movement, including Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Ferlinghetti, and several others. Most pages include a picture, biography, and bibliography of writings by the author; others also add links, works written about the author, and online texts.
Author: Levi Asher
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The Literature and Culture of the American 1950s
http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/home.html
This site contains a variety of literary and cultural resources for studying the United States in the 1950s; includes links to bibliographies, criticism, interviews and examples of works by writers and musicians.
Contains: Bibliography, Historical Context
Author: Al Filreis, Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania
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Lost Poets of the Great War
http://www.english.emory.edu/LostPoets/
This site contains links to information about World War I poets, the chronology of the war, and other pertinent details
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Rusche, Harry
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Modern American Poetry: A Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry
http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets.htm
"The nature of each site depends on what makes sense for a particular author or group of authors. ... We welcome archival contributions for other authors. ... MAPS already includes excerpts from interesting analyses of poems, biographical information, relevant illustrations (such as book jackets, broadsides, paintings, drawings, comics, and photographs), manuscripts, drafts of poems, bibliographies, historical background, statements on poetics, interviews, mini-essays on important issues pertinent to the poet, book reviews, archival resources, and study questions. Contributors are encouraged to be imaginative and inventive." While there are no contributor biographies available, these sites can be used judiciously for scholarly work, after evaluating the quality of specific material. Also, the editor, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, reviews all content before publishing it.
Author: Cary Nelson, editor
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"Of Plymouth Rock and Jamestown and Ellis Island"; or, Ethnic Literature and Some Redefinitions of "America"
http://www.nyupress.org/americansall/americansall3.html?$string
"In Crèvecoeur's famous answer to the question "What is an American?" in the third of his Letters from an American Farmer (1782) he singled out "that strange mixture of blood, which you will find in no other country" (Crèvecoeur 1957, 39). For Crèvecoeur {right}, the term "American" referred to the ethnic diversity of at least the white colonists in the New World. Initially applied to the Indians, then taken on by the British settlers, by 1900 the term "American" had undoubtedly become problematic."
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Werner Sollors
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Orchestrating Reception:The Hierarchy of Readers in Post-modern American Fiction
http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/~jmu2m/centennial.review.34:3.html
"Any essay which addresses itself to "post-modern American fiction" has at least two things to explain at the outset: its understanding of the terminology it uses, and its focus on the American scene."
Contains: Historical Context
Author: John Unsworth
From: Centennial Review 34:3 (Summer 1990)
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Post World War II American Literature and Culture Database: Genres
http://english.berkeley.edu/Postwar/genres.html
Information and links in the following categories: Bibliographies, Post Modernism, Science Fiction, Punk and Hardcore, Generation X, Feminism, Queer, Multiculturalism, and Popular Culture. The bibliographic database " is intended to introduce scholars to major secondary works in the area of postwar American literature and culture. With a few exceptions, these citations are drawn from work written after 1985."
Author: Freya Johnson and Annalee Newitz
Keywords: bibliographies, postmodernism, science fiction, punk, hardcore, generation x, feminism, queer, multiculturalism, popular culture
 
Postmodernism and the Postmodern Novel
http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/elab/hfl0256.html
Rather than try to define postmodernism, this brief statement describes postmodernism by example.
Author: Christopher Keep and Tim McLaughlin
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Racial Violence and Representation: Performance Strategies in Lynching Dramas of the 1920s
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2838/is_4_33/ai_59024886
"Plays representing the history of lynching in the United States are only beginning to be understood as a distinctly American theatrical genre."
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Judith L. Stephens
From: African American Review Winter 1999
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Science Fiction Research Bibliography
http://www.wsu.edu:8001/~brians/science_fiction/sfresearch.html
"A Bibliography of Science Fiction Secondary Materials."
Author: Paul Brians
From: Course Materials, Including Study Guides to Various Works http://www.wsu.edu:8001/~brians/guides_index.html
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Screening America: Representations of Television in Contemporary American Literature
http://node9.phil3.uni-freiburg.de/1997/Griem.html
"New media and technologies have always threatened and inspired literature by suggesting different ways of worldmaking and telling stories."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Julika Griem
From: Node9 Volume 1, 1997
Keywords: Television
 
Sherri's Beat Bibliography
http://www.litkicks.com/Biblio/SherriBiblio.html
"A general bibliography of books about Beat literature and the Beat Generation, listing works not specifically about any one author."
Contains: Bibliography
Author: Sherri Hoffman-Hoye
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"So That's The Flag": The Representation of Brazil and the Politics of Nation in American Literature
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2220/is_3_41/ai_57748221
"The author examines depictions of Brazil in American literature. Topics include cultural influences, nationalism, and American writers."
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Terry Caesar
From: Criticism Summer 1999
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Twentieth Century Literature Sites
http://libraries.mit.edu/humanities/Literature/twentieth.html
A list of annotated links to major sites.
Author: Marlene Manoff
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Voices from the Dustbowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection 1940-41
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/afctshtml/tshome.html
This Library of Congress, although not specifically about The Grapes of Wrath, gives insight into the plight of migrant workers with letters, photographs, and commentaries.
Keywords: Migrant workers, farm workers, dust bowl, California
 

Authors in American: 20th Century literature:

James Agee (1909 - 1955)Edward Albee (1928 - )
Dorothy Allison (1949 - )Maya Angelou (1928 - )
Catherine Asaro (1955 - )John Ashbery (1927 - )
Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)Mary Austin (1868 - 1934)
Paul Auster (1947 - )Natalie Babbitt (1932 - )
James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)Donald Barthelme (1931 - 1989)
Djuna Barnes (1892 - 1982)Katharine Lee Bates (1859 - 1929)
L. Frank Baum (1856 - 1919)Louis Begley (1933 - )
Saul Bellow (1915 - 2005)Henry Bellamann (1882 - 1945)
Madison Smartt Bell ( - )Edmund Joseph Michael Berrigan, Jr. (1934 - 1983)
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)Elizabeth Bishop (1911 - 1979)
James Blish (1921 - 1975)Robert Bly (1926 - )
David Bradley, Jr. (1950 - )Ray Bradbury (1920 - )
Louis Bromfield (1894 - 1956)Larry Brown (1951 - )
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)Pearl S. Buck (1892 - 1973)
William S. Burroughs (1914 - 1997)Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875 - 1950)
Octavia E. Butler (1947 - )James Branch Cabell (1879 - 1958)
Pat Cadigan (1953 - )John Cage (1912 - 1992)
Abraham Cahan (1860 - 1951)Truman Capote (1924 - 1984)
Jim Carroll (1949 - 2009)Raymond Carver (1938 - 1988)
Willa Cather (1873 - 1947)Theresa Hak Kyung Cha ( - )
Raymond Chandler (1888 - 1959)Charles W. Chesnutt (1858 - 1932)
Sandra Cisneros (1954 - )Andrei Codrescu (1946 - )
E. E. Cummings (1894 - 1962)Don DeLillo (1936 - )
Samuel R. Delany (1942 - )James Dickey (1923 - 1997)
Joan Didion (1934 - )Stephen Dobyns (1941 - )
Hilda Doolittle (1886 - 1961)Edward Dorn (1929 - )
John Dos Passos (1896 - 1970)Sharon Doubiago (1946 - )
Rita Dove (1952 - )Theodore Dreiser (1871 - 1945)
W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)Andre Dubus III (1959 - 1999)
Andre Dubus (1936 - 1999)Bob Dylan (1941 - )
T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)Ralph Ellison (1914 - 1994)
Harlan Ellison (1934 - )Louise Erdrich (1954 - )
Steve Erickson (1950 - )Clayton Eshleman (1935 - )
William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)Leslie Feinberg (1949 - )
Edna Ferber (1885 - 1968)Rudolph Fisher (1897 - 1934)
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)Leon Forrest (1937 - 1997)
John Fox (1952 - )Kathleen Fraser (1937 - )
Mary Wilkins Freeman (1852 - 1930)Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)
James Fugate ( - )Alice Fulton (1952 - )
William Gaddis (1922 - )Zona Gale (1874 - 1938)
Hamlin Garland (1860 - 1940)Martha Gellhorn (1908 - 1998)
William Gibson (1948 - )Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860 - 1935)
Allen Ginsberg (1926 - 1997)Todd Gitlin (1943 - )
Arthur Golden ( - )Mary Gordon (1949 - )
Jorie Graham (1951 - )Spalding Gray (1941 - )
Zane Grey (1872 - 1939)Angelina Weld Grimkˇ (1880 - 1958)
Barbara Guest (1920 - )David Guterson (1956 - )
Dashiell Hammett (1894 - 1961)Virginia Hamilton (1936 - 2002)
Lorraine Hansberry (1930 - 1965)Frank Harris (1856 - 1931)
David Haynes (1955 - )Robert Hayden (1913 - 1980)
Robert A. Heinlein (1907 - 1988)Lyn Hejinian (1941 - )
Lillian Hellman (1906 - 1984)Joseph Heller (1923 - 1999)
Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899 - 1961)Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)
Chester Himes (1909 - 1984)Pauline Hopkins (1859 - 1930)
William Dean Howells (1837 - 1920)Susan Howe (1937 - )
Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)
Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)Zora Neale Hurston (1901 - 1960)
John Irving (1942 - )Shirley Jackson (1919 - 1965)
William James (1842 - 1910)Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 - 1909)
Charles Johnson (1948 - )James Weldon Johnson (1871 - 1938)
Georgia Douglas Johnson (1880 - 1966)Dorothy M. Johnson (1905 - 1984)
Eugene Jolas (1894 - 1945)Gayl Jones (1949 - )
Robert Kelly (1935 - )William Kennedy (1928 - )
Jack Kerouac (1922 - 1969)Lyle Kessler ( - )
Ken Kesey (1935 - )Stephen King (1947 - )
Maxine Hong Kingston (1940 - )John Knowles (1926 - 2001)
Kathe Koja (1960 - )Louis L'Amour (3/22/1908 - 6/10/1988)
Nella Larsen (1893 - 1968)Ring Lardner (1885 - 1933)
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 - )Harper Lee (1926 - )
Ira Levin (1929 - )Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)
Alan P. Lightman (1948 - )Vachel Lindsay (1879 - 1931)
Jack London (1876 - 1916)Audre Geraldine Lorde (1934 - 1992)
H. P. Lovecraft (1890 - 1937)Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925)
Robert Lowell, Jr. (1917 - 1977)David Mamet (1947 - )
Valerie Martin (1948 - )Paule Marshall (1929 - )
Carole Maso ( - )Armistead Maupin (1944 - )
Carson McCullers (1917 - 1967)Claude McKay (1889 - 1948)
D'Arcy McNickle (1904 - 1977)James Merrill (1926 - 1995)
James A. Michener (1907 - 1997)Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1923 - ?)
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)Czeslaw Milosz (1911 - )
Arthur Miller (1915 - )Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)Margaret Mitchell (1900 - 1949)
N. Scott Momaday (1934 - )Toni Morrison (1931 - )
Walter Mosley (1952 - )Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)
Gloria Naylor (1950 - )John G. Neihardt (1881 - 1973)
Alice Notley (1945 - )Tim O'Brien (1946 - )
Flannery O'Connor (1925 - 1964)John O'Hara (1905 - 1970)
Marita Bonner Occomy (1899 - 1971)Cynthia Ozick (1928 - )
Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)Walker Percy (1916 - 1990)
Marge Piercy (1936 - )Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963)
Katherine Anne Porter (1890 - 1980)Chaim Potok (1929 - 2002)
Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)Thomas Pynchon (1937 - )
Anna Quindlen (1953 - )Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)
John Crowe Ransom (1888 - 1974)Ishmael Reed (1938 - )
Anne Rice (1941 - )Adrienne Rich (1929 - )
Laura Riding (1901 - 1991)Marilynne Robinson (1944 - )
Jerome Rothenberg (1931 - )Philip Roth (1933 - )
Josiah Royce (1855 - 1916)Rudy Rucker (1946 - )
Matt Ruff (1965 - )Assotto Saint (1957 - )
J. D. Salinger (1919 - 2010)Esmeralda Santiago (1948 - )
Jean Paul Sartre (1928 - 1982)Armand Schwerner ( - 1999)
Charlotte Watson Sherman (1958 - )Leslie Marmon Silko (1948 - )
Neil Simon (1927 - )Upton Sinclair (1878 - 1968)
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904 - 1991)Clark Ashton Smith (1893 - 1961)
Lee Smith (1944 - )Jane Smiley (1949 - )
Dave Smith (1942 - )Valerie Solanas (1936 - 1988)
Bruce Sterling (1954 - )Gertrude Stein (1874 - 1946)
Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)Neal Stephenson (1959 - )
John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)Robert Stone (1937 - )
Peter Straub (1943 - )William Styron (1925 - )
Amy Tan (1952 - )Jean Toomer (1894 - 1967)
John Updike (1932 - )Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - )
Brent James Wade (1959 - )Rosmarie Waldrop (1935 - )
Alice Walker (1944 - )Robert Penn Warren (1905 - 1989)
Eudora Welty (1909 - 2001)Nathanael West (1903 - 1940)
Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)Edmund White (1940 - )
Walter Jon Williams (1953 - )Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)
August Wilson (1945 - )Tennessee Williams (1911 - 1983)
Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867 - 1957)David Wojahn (1953 - )
Tom Wolfe (1931 - )Gene Wolfe (1931 - )
Richard Wright (1908 - 1960)Anzia Yezierska (1885 - 1970)
Roger Zelazny (1937 - 1995)


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