American passages : 11. Modernist portraits. 12. Migrant strugglePublished by : Oregon Public Broadcasting From Annenberg/CPB Physical details: 60 min. Year: 2002
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. 11. Modernist Portraits Jazz filled the air and wailed against the night. Caught in the sway, American prose writers sought out the forbidden -the slang, the dialects, and the rhythms of the folk and of everyday life. Writers such as Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald forged a new style: one which silhouetted the geometry of language, crisp in its own cleanness. 12. Migrant Struggle Americans have often defined themselves through their relationship to the land. This program traces the social fiction of three key American voices: John Steinbeck, Carlos Bulosan, and Helena Marma Viramontes.