Adventures in Realism / Edition 1

Adventures in Realism / Edition 1

by Matthew Beaumont
     
 

Adventures in Realism offers a scholarly yet accessible introduction to realism as it has evolved since the 19th century. Comprising 16 newly-commissioned essays written by a distinguished group of contributors, including Slavoj Žižek and Fredric Jameson, this wide-ranging volume:

  • Provides the historical, cultural, intellectual, and

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Overview

Adventures in Realism offers a scholarly yet accessible introduction to realism as it has evolved since the 19th century. Comprising 16 newly-commissioned essays written by a distinguished group of contributors, including Slavoj Žižek and Fredric Jameson, this wide-ranging volume:

  • Provides the historical, cultural, intellectual, and literary contexts necessary to understand developments in realism
  • Addresses the artistic mediums and technologies such as painting and film that have helped shape the way we perceive reality
  • Explores literary and pictorial sub-genres such as naturalism and socialist realism.

Each section concludes with a short bibliography and a guide to further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405135771
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Series:
Concise Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #41
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.

Foreword by Rachel Bowlby (University College London).

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Reclaiming Realism: Matthew Beaumont (University College London).

1. Literary Realism Reconsidered: “The world in its length and breadth”: George Levine (Rutgers University).

2. Realist Synthesis in the Nineteenth Century Novel: “That unity which lies in the selection of our keenest consciousness”: Simon Dentith (University of Gloucestershire).

3. Space, Mobility, and the Novel: “The spirit of place is a great reality”: Josephine McDonagh (Oxford University).

4. Naturalism: “Dirt and horror pure and simple”: Sally Ledger (Birkbeck College, University of.

London).

5. Realism before and after Photography: “The fantastical form of a relation among things”: Nancy Armstrong (Brown University).

6. The Realist Aesthetic in Painting: “Serious and committed, ironic and brutal, sincere and full of poetry”: Andrew Hemingway (University College London).

7. Interrupted Dialogues of Realism and Modernism: “The fact of new forms of life, already born and active”: Esther Leslie (Birkbeck College, University of London).

8. Socialist Realism: “To depict reality in its revolutionary development”: Brandon Taylor (University of Southampton).

9. Realism, Modernism, and Photography: “At last, at last the mask has been torn away’”: John Roberts (University of Wolverhampton).

10. Cinematic Realism: “A recreation of the world in its own image”: Laura Marcus (University of Sussex).

11. The Current of Critical Irrealism: “A moonlit enchanted night”: Michael Löwy (National Center for Scientific Research, Paris and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris).

12. Psychoanalysis and the Lacanian Real: “Strange shapes of the unwarped primal world”: Slavoj Žižek (University of Ljubljana and Birkbeck College, University of London).

13. Feminist Theory and the Return of the Real: “What we really want most out of realism …”: Helen Small (Pembroke College, Oxford).

14. Realism and Anti-Realism in Contemporary Philosophy: “What’s truth got to do with it?”: Christopher Norris (Cardiff University).

15. A Note on Literary Realism in Conclusion: Fredric Jameson (Duke University).

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