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In the middle of the 19th century, political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville claimed,

"The inhabitants of the United States have...properly speaking, no literature."

In other words, de Tocqueville believed that America’s literature was not “worthy literature” unique the country.

-Based on what you learned this semester, is this statement accurate?
-Evaluate the contributions of two or more writers in this semester to the development of uniquely American literature.
-What genres, subjects, themes, settings, or characters did these writers develop? (25 points)

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    What are your questions about this assignment? It seems very clear to me.

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    Im confused as to what two American writers i should form the essay around.

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    http://www2.uncp.edu/home/canada/work/allam/16071783/lit/

    In the list at the left are many authors to choose from. I'd choose Anne Bradstreet, for one. What do you think?

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    Some of my favorites:
    Henry David Thoreau
    Thomas Jefferson
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Edgar Allen Poe

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    Phillis Wheatly is also fascinating -- her background AND her writing.

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    Thank you so much!

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    Im going to base the essay on Edgar Allen Poe as well as Phillis Wheatly.

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    Excellent choices! =)

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    Alexis di Toqueville's neglect of the understanding of American literature can be chalked up to his poor
    understanding of the "Scarsacian Theory of Literature" which states that a nation can have a literature if only one
    person of its citizenry is a writer and that is proven by "Purple Pachydermia", the essay by renown satirist Buchanan Clay
    In this work, Clay maintains that his small island nation of Wakandalala has a literacy rate of .01%, yet because he is
    an author, he represents that nation's national literature.

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    As long as none of this ends up on our final exam you can continue to ask all the questions you want.

    Thank you!

    Your teachers!

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