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Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism

Henry B. Wonham

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195161946
eISBN:
9780199788101
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161946.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book asks why so many of the writers who aligned themselves with the social and aesthetic aims of American literary realism apparently violated their most basic principles in relying on stock ... More


Art for Earth's Sake

Dana Phillips

in The Truth of Ecology: Nature, Culture, Literature in America

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195137699
eISBN:
9780199787937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137699.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Ecocriticism in its early years was more appreciative than truly critical. It was hostile to literary theory, which it found overly skeptical and needlessly abstruse, and against which it urged a ... More


Truth in Fiction

David E. Shi

in Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850–1920

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195106534
eISBN:
9780199854097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106534.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

A new phalanx of avowedly realistic writers, many of them women, surged into prominence and developed networks of friendship and mutual support in the 1880s. “The idealist pure and simple hardly ... More


“Ideal Mill Girls”: The Lowell Offering and Female Aspiration

Sylvia Jenkins Cook

in Working Women, Literary Ladies: The Industrial Revolution and Female Aspiration

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195327809
eISBN:
9780199870547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327809.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on the factory women's magazine, the Lowell Offering (1840-45), as one of the primary emanations of the phenomenon of “mind amongst the spindles”. It examines the controversial ... More


Realism and the Aspiring Anatomist

Chris Baldick

in In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-Century Writing

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122494
eISBN:
9780191671432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122494.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Like Herman Melville, Wilkie Collins has whetted the appetite for medical villainy, only to dispel the experimenter's Gothic allure by reminding us of the real mundane fallibility of chemists and ... More


Local Color, World Literature, And The Transnational Turn In William Dean Howells's Fiction And Criticism

Nathaniel Cadle

in The Mediating Nation: Late American Realism, Globalization, and the Progressive State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9781469618456
eISBN:
9781469618470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618456.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines how literary realism provided a means for American literature to play a more vital role in world literature by focusing on William Dean Howells's late fiction and criticism. ... More


Lilian Furst and the Art of Literary Realism

Joseph Frank

in Responses to Modernity: Essays in the Politics of Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823239252
eISBN:
9780823239290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239252.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The notion of realism as applied to literary and pictorial art is one that everybody uses, and whose meaning seems to be self-evident; but the moment questions are asked, it turns out to be extremely ... More


‘The Simple Annals of the Poor’: Biographies of Humble Men

Juliette Atkinson

in Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century 'Hidden' Lives

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199572137
eISBN:
9780191722967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572137.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter looks in detail at one of the many ways in which the contemporary interest in ‘hidden’ lives took form: through biographies of working‐class men. The chapter begins with an overview of ... More


Introduction

Frank Christianson

in Philanthropy in British and American Fiction: Dickens, Hawthorne, Eliot and Howells

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625086
eISBN:
9780748652068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625086.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book shows that philanthropy became a favoured trope within literary realism because of its unique utility as a site for the working out of epistemological and aesthetic problems. Henry Mayhew's ... More


Coda

Frank Christianson

in Philanthropy in British and American Fiction: Dickens, Hawthorne, Eliot and Howells

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625086
eISBN:
9780748652068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625086.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Washington Gladden's anticipation of a European-style welfare state suggests the direction that American liberalism was heading, if not the whole story of America's ongoing vexed relationship to ... More


Introduction

Joseph Frank

in Responses to Modernity: Essays in the Politics of Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823239252
eISBN:
9780823239290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239252.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book explores social, political, and cultural issues that arose in connection with literature largely conceived in the aftermath of World War II, and extending throughout the twentieth century. ... More


Plotting Mortality: the civil war dead and the narrative imagination

Ian Finseth

in The Civil War Dead and American Modernity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190848347
eISBN:
9780190848378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190848347.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

In returning to the Civil War, postbellum American writers depended on the literary conventions and mythic structures of meaning by which a vast and violent history could be incorporated into ... More


Women, Crime, and Character: From Moll Flanders to Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Nicola Lacey

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199544363
eISBN:
9780191720185
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544363.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology, Legal History

In this book, the disappearance of Moll Flanders, and her supercession in the annals of literary female offenders in the realist tradition by heroines like Tess of the d'Urbervilles, serves as a ... More


Richard Wright: The “Nature” of Politics, The “Politics” of Nature

James B. Haile III

in The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813175164
eISBN:
9780813175195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.003.0017
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Richard Wright is an African American writer traditionally read within the American (and Western) literary realist framework. There is, though, a growing body of scholarship around his later haiku ... More


From Domestic Happiness to Racial Despair

CLAUDIA TATE

in Domestic Allegories of Political Desire: The Black Heroine’s Text at the Turn of the Century

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108576
eISBN:
9780199855094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108576.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter looks at the growing impact of literary realism through the character portrayal of Tillman’s heroines. It also charts the background of the serial heroines in Hopkins’ works from ... More


Reality Categories in Periodical Poems

Elizabeth Renker

in Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866-1900

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198808787
eISBN:
9780191863660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808787.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

One of the larger questions hovering over scholarship in American literary realism is how certain orders of experience came to count as “real,” and, crucially, as opposed to what. Yet, ironically, ... More


Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866-1900

Elizabeth Renker

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198808787
eISBN:
9780191863660
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808787.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

The terms “poetry” and “realism” have a complex and often oppositional relationship in American literary histories of the postbellum period. The core narrative holds that “realism,” the major ... More


Documenting the Real

Augusta Rohrbach

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385342
eISBN:
9780190252779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines literary realism and its place in U.S. literary history. After providing an overview of the roots of realism, it discusses the importance of the rhetoric of antebellum as well ... More


Margaret Harkness, novelist: social semantics and experiments in fiction

Lynne Hapgood

in Margaret Harkness: Writing social engagement 1880-1921

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781526123503
eISBN:
9781526141972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526123503.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter is based on Harkness’s three London novels to explore how they provided a space in which she was able to experiment with a new style of literary realism designed to reflect both its ... More


The Philanthropic Embrace

Noël Valis

in Sacred Realism: Religion and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300152340
eISBN:
9780300152357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300152340.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter pursues the ways in which the philanthropic embrace of once socially invisible classes is the flash point for the creation of a new literary realism of evangelical origin that emerges ... More


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