American Expressions

Final Notes

Semester 1

Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978)

1894 - 1978

Painter of realistic scenes such as his famous painting of Ruby Bridges.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

1896 - 1940

"Great Gatsby"
Characters: Daisy, Myrtle, Tom, Gatsby, Nick and Jordan
Symbolism: Eyes of T.T. Fickleburg (moral judgement)
Car accidents (recklessness of the rich)
Green light (hope)

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

1897 - 1962

Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech (1948)
Southern man, writing and art props for the human spirit

Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

1902 - 1967

"Theme For English B"
Subject of poems: Experience of blacks
Style of poems: Jazz

Theodore Rothke (1908 - 1963)

1908 - 1963

"My Father's Waltz"
Analogy/Metaphor: Waltz (abuse)

Roaring Twenties and The Harlem Renaissance

1920 - 1930

Roaring Twenties:
Aspects: Cultural boom (ex: jazz music), wealthy people
(good economy), women's' rights, prohibition
(18th amendment)
Harlem Renaissance:
Poets: Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, W.E.B. Du Bois,
Arna Bontemps and Zora Neale Hurston
A cultural movement; the propagation of African-American
culture

John Updike (1932 - 2009)

1932 - 2009

"Outage"
Setting: East coast; New England

August Wilson (1945 - 2005)

1945 - 2005

"Fences" (1983)
Characters: Troy, Rose, Cory, Lyons, Gabriel, Raynell, Bono and
Alberta
Symbolism: Baseball (death)
Theme: "Sins of our fathers" Taking the crookeds with the
straights

Louis Erdrich (1954 - Present)

1954 - Present

Native American writer
"Red Convertible"
Symbolism: Car
Brothers: Henry and Lyman
Henry suffers from PTSD

Sherman Alexie (1966 - Present)

1966 - Present

Native American writer from Spokane
"This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona"