Watch the video below and take notes. It is an overview of contemporary literature. It goes into detail about what exactly contemporary literature is, how it came to be, and what was happening in American during the time.
American Literature became increasingly more regional after the 1920's; it shifted from the east to the midwest ans the south.
American Literature was greatly influenced and impacted by several factors, including: the atomic bomb, television, computers, the civil right's movement, the vietnam and korean wars, and the women's movement.
The nation was united and more powerful than ever; returning veterans and the women who replaced them in their jobs found America less hospitable.
For black Americans, WW2 proved a positive change. The Supreme Court ended segregation in the 1954 Brown vs. the Board of Education. MLK launched the bus boycott in 1957. In 1964 the landmark civil rights notion was passed, as well as their voting rights act of 1965.
The 50's saw a rise in the counter culture in literature: The Beat Generation. These writers made the SF City Lights Bookstore a new center for American Lit. These novelists were fiercely involved with their world.
The 60's echos the decades political upheaval; "the unwrapping of america". This time saw the assassination of many great leaders; MLK, Malcolm X, JFK, and his brother. It is also the decade where the Vietnam War forced a wedge in America.
Feminism emerged in the 1960's, using Feminine Mystique.
Jan 5th, 2015
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