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16. The Search For Identity

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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. identify and analyze postmodern elements in twentieth-century prose;

  2. explain how minority writers (women, ethnic and racial minorities, and sexual minorities) have used postmodern narrative techniques to define their identities;

  3. discuss the relationship between individual quests for identity and the related literature;

  4. analyze the connections between postmodern literature and the feminist, civil rights, and gay rights movements;

  5. analyze the connections between postmodern American literature and performance art, collage, memorials, the city within the city, and gay and lesbian identities.




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