Secondary Catalogue

Series: Literary Contexts: American Literature


A Streetcar Named Desire in Context

A Streetcar Named Desire in Context

By the mid-20th century, New Orleans had gone from a city modernised by the Jazz Age to a hub of poverty and crime. While middle-class Americans thrived, poor and marginalised segments of the population continued to struggle. This video explores...Show More
Death of a Salesman in Context

Death of a Salesman in Context

By the 1940s, the travelling salesman had become a familiar part of American life and Americans were relishing their newfound economic prosperity. But beneath the country’s mask of economic contentment, many fears and anxieties continued to...Show More
In Cold Blood in Context

In Cold Blood in Context

The economic prosperity that swept the United States post-World War II changed lifestyles and attitudes greatly. The tragic murder of the Clutters, the epitome of the ideal American family, showed how the American Dream could go terribly wrong....Show More
The Great Gatsby in Context

The Great Gatsby in Context

The period following World War I was an era of widespread prosperity in the United States. Long Island, New York, became the playground of the privileged, exemplifying the excesses of the Jazz Age. This video investigates how the concept of the...Show More