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Twentieth Century Literature

This historical period covers major themes in the Americas and Western Europe for the period from World War I to the present time.  Major themes which run through the literature of this period include: horror, aftermath, and protest of war; social commentary (e.g., migrant workers; class struggle; gender, age, and race discrimination; loss of identity in a mechanical age; and abuse and violence); role of religion in an advancing technological and scientific world, the rise of existentialism and continuation of nihilism; and disillusionment of life in a modern age (Cold Ware/Nuclear Age, governmental interference, loss of innocence, futility of existence).  Draw parallels between major themes and historyical and present day concerns. 

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Video Blog of Anne Frank
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This video is a tribute to Anne Frank and all that she did for world peace. Music plays in the background as a series of photos show her short life. A sad video, but one students should see while studying this time period or reading her diary (Runnin... [more]
December 19, 2010 at 12:50 AM
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