Literary Landscapes: Pre-1865 American Literature

Painting by Thomas Cole of the Catskill Mountains
Thomas Cole, View on the Catskill––Early Autumn, 1836-1837,

The literary movements and periods featured on this site represent the broad spectrum of American literature before the Civil War. For each category, students in two sections of Honors American Literature have provided an introduction to the period, biographical information about several authors important to the period, and some contextual historical information to help viewers better understand the literature of the period––the broader “literary landscape.”

Students mainly derived their content from The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 8th edition, Volumes A & B; additional sources are listed at the bottom of individual posts.