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Storytelling and American Mythos

Lecture no. 4 from the course: Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers

Storytelling and American Mythos

Taught by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

After the Revolutionary War, American authors sought to forge their own national literary traditions. Examine the emergence of the short story as a patently American genre, beginning with the “sketches” of writers like Washington Irving. Along the way, you will see how writers have shaped the American mythos—the stories that tell us who we are.