Social Studies

Social Studies (X) - American Passages: A Literary Survey (X)

Exploring Borderlands (2003)

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Exploring Borderlands

Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldúa tells us that the border is "una herida abierta [an open wound] where the lifeblood of two worlds is merging to form a third country — a border culture." This program explores the literature of the Chicano borderlands and its beginnings in the literature of Spanish colonization.

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Exploring Borderlands

Utopian Promise (2003)

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Puritan and Quaker Utopian Visions, 1620-1750

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Utopian Promise

Spirit of Nationalism (2003)

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Declaring Independence, 1710-1850

The Enlightenment brought new ideals and a new notion of selfhood to the American colonies. This program begins with an examination of the importance of the trope of the self-made man in Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, and then turns to the development of this concept in the writings of Romanticist Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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00:28
Spirit of Nationalism

Masculine Heroes (2003)

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American Expansion, 1820-1900

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Masculine Heroes

Becoming Visible (2003)

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Ethnic Writers and the Literary Mainstream, 1945-1969

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00:28
Becoming Visible

Search for Identity (2003)

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American Prose Writers

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00:28
Search for Identity

Poetry of Liberation (2003)

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Poetry of Liberation

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00:28
Poetry of Liberation

Southern Renaissance (2003)

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Southern Resaissance

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00:28
Southern Renaissance

Migrant Struggle (2003)

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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, Carlost Bulosan, and Helena María Viramontes.

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Migrant Struggle

Gothic Undercurrents (2003)

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Gothic Undercurrents

What was haunting the American nation in the 1850s? The three writers treated in this program <Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson> use poetry and prose to explore the dark side of nineteenth-century America.

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00:28
Gothic Undercurrents

Slavery and Freedom (2003)

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Race and Identity in Antebellum America

How has slavery shaped the American literary imagination and American identity? This episode turns to the classic slave narratives of Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass, and the fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe. What rhetorical strategies do their works use to construct and authentic and authoritative American self?

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00:28
Slavery and Freedom

Regional Realism (2003)

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Depicting the Local in American Literature, 1865-1900

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Regional Realism

Modernist Portraits (2003)

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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.

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Modernist Portraits

Rhythms in Poetry (2003)

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Ethnic Writers and the Literary Mainstream

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00:28
Rhythms in Poetry

Social Realism (2003)

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Class Consciousness in American Literature, 1875-1920

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Social Realism