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American passages : 5. Masculine heroes. 6. Gothic undercurrents

Published by : Oregon Public Broadcasting From Annenberg/CPB Physical details: 60 min. Year: 2002
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Series description: American Passages is a video series that looks at American literature, connecting major writers to those less often taught. The series takes an expanded view of American literary movements, bringing in a diversity of voices and tracing the continuity among them. The 16 half-hour programs explore works of fiction, prose and poetry within their historical, social and cultural contexts. The videos are coordinated with the NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, and are used in the United States as the basis of a one or two-semester university level course on American literature. 5. Masculine Heroes In 1898, Frederick Jackson Turner declared the frontier as the defining feature of American culture, but American authors had uncovered its significance much earlier. This program turns to three key writers of the early national period - James Fenimore Cooper, John Rollin Ridge, and Walt Whitman - and examines the influential visions of American manhood offered by each author. 6. Gothic Undercurrents What was haunting the American nation in the 1850s? The three writers treated in this program - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson - use poetry and prose to explore the dark side of nineteenth-century America.