Helix Library

Literary Periods

Colonial Period 

Early American and Colonial Literature - Outline of American Literature (Links to an external site.) 

Beginnings to 1700 - Norton Anthology of American Literature (Links to an external site.)

American Colonial Literature - University of North Carolina  (Links to an external site.)

The Colonial Period - The Literature Network (Links to an external site.) 

Revolutionary Years

Democratic Origins and Revolutionary Writers - Outline of American Literature  (Links to an external site.)

Beginnings to 1820 - Norton Anthology of American Literature  (Links to an external site.)

American Literature: A New Nation and a New Literature - Infoplease (Links to an external site.) 

The Revolutionary Period - The Literature Network (Links to an external site.) 

American Romanticism

The Romantic Period 1820-1860: Essayists and Poets - Outline of American Literature (Links to an external site.)

1820 - 1865 - Norton Anthology of American Literature  (Links to an external site.)

The Romantic Period 1820-1860: Fiction - Outline of American Literature  (Links to an external site.)

Romanticism - The Literature Network (Links to an external site.) 

Transcendentalism  

American Transcendentalism - CSU Stanislaus "Perspectives in American Literature" (Links to an external site.)

Transcendentalism - The Literature Network (Links to an external site.) 

Transcendentalism - Infoplease (Links to an external site.)

Realism 

The Rise of Realism 1860-1914 - Outline of American Literature  (Links to an external site.)

1865 - 1914 - Norton Anthology of American Literature (Links to an external site.)

Realism in American Literature 1860-1890 - Washington State University (Links to an external site.) 

Late Nineteenth Century and Realism - CSU Stanislaus "Perspectives in American Literature"  (Links to an external site.) 

Modernism 

Modernism and Experimentation - Outline of American Literature (Links to an external site.) 

1914 - 1945 - The Norton Anthology of American Literature  (Links to an external site.)

Early 20th Century and Modernism - CSU Stanislaus "Perspectives in American Literature" (Links to an external site.) 

A Brief Guide to Modernism - Poets.org (Links to an external site.)

Harlem Renaissance

 Harlem Renaissance - CSU Stanislaus "Perspectives in American Literature"  (Links to an external site.)

 Harlem Renaissance - The History Channel (Links to an external site.) 

 Harlem Renaissance - Enoch Pratt Free Library (Links to an external site.) 

Post-Modernism 

Since 1945 - Norton Anthology of American Literature  (Links to an external site.)

American Poetry 1945-1990: The Anti-Tradition - Outline of American Literature (Links to an external site.) 

American Prose 1945-1990: Realism and Experimentation - Outline of American Literature (Links to an external site.)  

Contemporary 

Contemporary American Poetry - Outline of American Literature (Links to an external site.) 

Contemporary American Literature - Outline of American Literature (Links to an external site.)