Civil War Era Literature: Brother Against Brother (Realism/Psychological Realism/Naturalism/Impressionism)
This collection of paintings and photos are used in conjunction with a variety of Civil War era works of literature, specifically those featuring elements of the following literary movements:
* Psychological Realism
Works to be used in conjunction with artistic examples include:
1. Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce
2. An Upturned Face, by Stephen Crane
3. An Episode of War, by Stephen Crane
The first two works ("The Girl I Left Behind" and "Departure for the War") will be used to launch/introduce "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." As a class, we'll complete a "See/Think/Wonder" and then read the short story. After completing the story, we'll return to both pictures and discuss how we could imagine such works of art illustrating this particular work.
We will then look through the small collection of photos from the Civil War, and discuss how such images would inspire a writer. I'll then introduce students to the Naturalism and Impressionism literary styles. We'll then read two Stephen Crane short stories, noting his "artistic" use of color, for example, and the despair evident in his naturalistic stories - - which could also be reflected in the photographs.
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