"American literature in its historical, cultural, and social contexts"--Cover.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 94) and index.
The first 300 years -- The literature of Puritanism -- Aspects of Colonial American culture -- The literature of the American enlightenment -- The literature of the American Revolution -- Literary and cultural visions of the new nation.
As American literature developed it was influenced by a number of factors, such as the wilderness, religious beliefs, ideas about morality, and Enlightenment philosophy. Covering the first 300 years of American literature as well as the literatu