Realism / Edition 1

Realism / Edition 1

by Pam Morris
     
 

Coming to prominence with the nineteenth-century novel, literary realism has most often been associated with the insistence that art cannot turn away from the more sordid and harsh aspects of human existence. However, because realism is unavoidably tied up with the gnarly concept of 'reality' and 'the real', it has been one of the most widely debated terms in the

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Coming to prominence with the nineteenth-century novel, literary realism has most often been associated with the insistence that art cannot turn away from the more sordid and harsh aspects of human existence. However, because realism is unavoidably tied up with the gnarly concept of 'reality' and 'the real', it has been one of the most widely debated terms in the New Critical Idiom series.
This volume offers a clear, reader-friendly guide to debates around realism, examining:
*ideas of realism in nineteenth-century French and British fiction
*the twentieth-century formalist reaction against literature's status as 'truth'
*realism as a democratic tool, or utopian form.
This volume is vital reading for any student of literature, in particular those working on the realist novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415229395
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/10/2003
Series:
New Critical Idiom Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
930,856
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: What Is Realism?1
1Realism and Modernism9
2Realism, Anti-realism and Postmodernism24
3Literary Realism in Nineteenth-Century France47
4Literary Realism in Nineteenth-Century Britain76
5Reality Effects97
6The Reader Effect119
7Realism and the Crisis of Knowledge131
8Realism and other Possible Worlds142
Glossary163
Suggestions for Further Reading171
Bibliography174
Index181

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