Litterary Terms 1

  1. puritanism
    writings centered on religious, practical, or historical themes; believed in strict religious discipline and called for the simplification of acts of worship
  2. nationalism
    influence of science and logic; humans can discover truth using their reason vs. tradition or Bible 
  3. romanticism
    placed a premium on fancy, imagination, emotion, nature, individuality, and exotica. 
  4. transcendentalism
    believed that intuition and the individual conscience “transcend” experience and thus are better guides to truth than are the senses and logical reason; respected the individual spirit and the natural world, believing that divinity was present everywhere, in nature and in each person.  
  5. gothic
    the use of primitive medieval, wild, or mysterious elements in literature
  6. realism
    the accurate depiction in a literary work of the everyday life of a place or period 
  7. regionalism
    another outgrowth of Realism, Regionalism in literature is the tendency among certain authors to write about specific geographical areas. 
  8. naturalism
    literature that presents its subject realistically and assumes all phenomena, including human emotions and actions, are part of nature and explainable by science 
  9. modernism
    age of disillusionment and confusion—just look at what was happening in history in the US during these dates—this period brought us perhaps our best writers
  10. classicism
    an approach to literature and other arts that stresses reason, balance, clarity, ideal beauty, and orderly form in imitation of the arts of ancient Greece and Rome
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