The Cambridge Introduction to American Literary Realism

The Cambridge Introduction to American Literary Realism

by Phillip J. Barrish
     
 

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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.

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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 traces the genre's relationship with powerful, often violent, social conflicts involving race, gender, class and national origin. It also examines how the realist style was created; the necessarily ambiguous relationship between realism produced on the page and reality outside the book; and the different, often contradictory, forms 'realism' took in literary works by different authors. The most accessible yet sophisticated account of American literary realism currently available, this volume will be of great value to students, teachers and readers of the American novel.

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"...Phillip Barrish, exemplifying what Howells might have called "that strange duplex action of the human mind," offers us a rare scholarly treasure: a volume that is at once elementary in its sweeping presentation of the field and challenging for more experienced scholars of realism, who will find abundant food for thought in Barrish's insightful readings of well-known texts."
—American Literary Realism

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139152532
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/06/2011
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Literature
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
753 KB

Meet the Author

Phillip J. Barrish is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin.

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