Problem of American Realism Studies in the Cultural History of a Literary Idea

Heftet / 1996 / Engelsk

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ISBN13
9780226042022
Publisert
1996
Utgiver
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University of Chicago Press
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05, 06, UU, UP, P
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Engelsk
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Heftet
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246
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372 gr
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228 mm
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152 mm
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Problem of American Realism Studies in the Cultural History of a Literary Idea

Heftet / 1996 / Engelsk
Ever since William Dean Howells declared his "realism war" in the 1880s, literary historians have regarded the rise of realism and naturalism as the signal development in post-Civil War American fiction. Questioning this generalization, Michael Davitt Bell investigates the role that these terms played in the social and literary discourse of the 1880s and 1890s. He argues that "realism" and "naturalism" were ideological categories used to promote a version of "reality" based on radically anti-"literary" and heavily gendered assumptions. In chapters on William Dean Howells, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser and Sarah Orne Jewett, the author examines the effects that ideas about realism and naturalism had on writers. He demonstrates that, for many of them, claiming to be a realist or a naturalist was a way to provide assurance that one was a "real" man rather than an "effeminate" artist.
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Examining the rise of realism and naturalism as the signal development in post-Civil War American fiction, this work examines the effects that ideas about these terms had on such writers as William Dean Howells, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, Henry James, Stephen Crane and Theodore Dreiser.
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Michael Davitt Bell was, at the time of his death in 1997, the J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence at Williams College. His books include The Problem of American Realism: Studies in the Cultural History of a Literary Idea and The Development of American Romance, both published by the University of Chicago Press, as well as Hawthorne and the Historical Romance of New England.
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ISBN13
9780226042022
Publisert
1996
Utgiver
Vendor
University of Chicago Press
Aldersnivå
05, 06, UU, UP, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Heftet
Sider
246
Vekt
372 gr
Høyde
228 mm
Bredde
152 mm
Se alle