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13. Southern Renaissance

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Unit Overview: Learning Objectives

After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to
  1. discuss and understand both why and how historical time (in the sense of past, present, and future) became such a dominant preoccupation for writers of the Southern Renaissance;

  2. see and discuss the particular ways writers of the Southern Renaissance engaged various concepts around which southern society was organized, including gender, race, social and economic position, agrarian vs. urban ways of life, and tradition vs. innovation or "progress";

  3. understand the thematic and stylistic innovations introduced and/or employed by writers of the Southern Renaissance and how these innovations relate to literary modernism and literary history more generally;

  4. recognize the attempts of Southern Renaissance writers to create "the South" (or at least small pieces of it) as both a place and a constellation of values and experiences.




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