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American passages : 7. Slavery and freedom. 8. Regional realism

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. 7. Slavery and Freedom How has slavery shaped the American literary imagination and American identity? This program turns to the classic slave narratives of Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass and the fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe. What rhetorical strategies do their works use to construct an authentic and authoritative American self? 8. Regional Realism Set in the antebellum American South, but written after Emancipation, Mark Twain's novel THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN remains a classic of American literature. This program compares Twain's depiction of Southern vernacular culture to that of Charles Chestnutt and Kate Chopin, and in doing so, introduces the hallmarks of American Realism.