American Literature

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Unit II: Literary Nationalism, 1800-1840

Week 5: Literary Nationalism I

Please READ:

CONSIDER for discussion:

 

THE PLAY’S THE THING:
A little something extra (optional)

You may also be interested in reading the text of The Contrast by Royall Tyler — the first play professionally presented in the United States. In terms of looking for and finding a distinctly American voice, this is clearly an important thing to consider. It’s also a pretty good play in its own right, and worth reading just for fun. I thought it only available in the Norton Anthology of American Literature, but Project Gutenberg has come through for us.