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From the Publisher"Adventures in Realism is an exciting and necessary book. Itcollects together a stunning array of essays that, bothindividually and as a whole, show why we need to consider thenature and importance of realism. The volume encourages us to thinkthrough the concept both in relation to its mid-nineteenth centuryorigins, and today’s philosophical discussions; to see itboth as manifested in specific literary or artistic forms and as amore abstract way of figuring our place within the material world.Matthew Beaumont should be congratulated in placing hiscontributors into such effective dialogue with one another: indoing so, he has returned realism to the center of historical,aesthetic, and political debate."
Kate Flint, Rutgers University
"Every new generation of critics and scholars must come to termsin its own ways with the paradoxes of realism. Realism is a periodstyle, but at the same time it is a perennial motive in literature,art, film, and other media. Realism purports to represent things asthey are, or were, but at the same time it is a constitutive set ofconventions that tells people in a given time and place what is tobe taken as real. This distinguished collection of essaysbrilliantly articulates these paradoxes for our own time."
J.Hillis Miller, University of California at Irvine
"What a wonderfully wide and deep and pushing inspection ofrealisms (and irrealisms) in history, in theory, in practice.Here’s realism, then and now, cannily philosophized,politicized, feminized, psychologized. Here are so many ofrealism’s practitioners, its aesthetic friends and enemies,the missionaries and also the scoffers, being heard and watched asthey engage with their chosen media – novels, plays,paintings, photographs, films, buildings. It is, I think, asserious, engaging, educating a look at the large realist project ascould well be assembled."
Valentine Cunningham, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
“Beaumont's introduction, 'Reclaiming Realism,' pinpointsthe purpose of this collection. Realism fell victim to postmoderndiscourse; Beaumont and his fellow contributors wish to restoreit.”