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The Cambridge introduction to American literary realism

Author: Phillip Barrish
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Cambridge introductions to literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Between the Civil War and the First World War, realism was the most prominent form of American fiction. Realist writers of the period include some of America's greatest, such as Henry James, Edith Wharton and Mark Twain, but also many lesser-known writers whose work still speaks to us today, for instance Charles Chesnutt, Zitkala-Ša and Sarah Orne Jewett. Emphasizing realism's historical context, this introduction  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip Barrish
ISBN: 9780521897693 0521897696 9780521050104 0521050103
OCLC Number: 738338596
Description: xii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: American literary realism --
1. Literary precursors, literary contexts --
2. The 'look of agony' and everyday middle-class life: three transitional works --
3. Creating the 'odor' of the real: techniques of realism --
4. Conflicting manners: high realism and social competition --
5. 'Democracy in literature'? Literary regionalism --
6. 'The blab of the pave': realism and the city --
7. Crisis of agency: literary naturalism, economic change, 'masculinity' --
8. 'Certain facts of life': realism and feminism --
9. 'The unjust spirit of caste': realism and race --
10. New Americans write realism --
Conclusion: realisms after realism.
Series Title: Cambridge introductions to literature.
Responsibility: Phillip J. Barrish.


The most wide-ranging and sophisticated account of American literary realism currently available for students.  Read more...
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