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American passages : 9. Social realism. 10. Rhythms in poetry

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. 9. Social Realism This program presents the authors of the American Gilded Age, such as Edith Wharton, and juxtaposes them with social realists like Anzia Yezierska. These writers expose the double world that made up turn-of-the-century New York: that of the elite and that of the poorest of the poor. Which of these realities is the more truly American? 10. Rhythms in Poetry Amidst the chaos following World War I, Ezra Pound urged poets to "Make it new!" This call was heeded by a large range of poets, ranging from T. S. Eliot to Jean Toomer. This program explores the modernist lyrics of two of these poets: William Carlos Williams and Langston Hughes. What is modernism? How did these poets start a revolution that continues until this day?