The Problem of American Realism: Studies in the Cultural History of a Literary Idea

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Ever since William Dean Howells declared his "realism war" in the 1880s, literary historians have regarded the rise of realism and naturalism as the signal development in post-Civil War American fiction. Questioning this generalization, Michael Davitt Bell investigates the role that these terms played in the social and literary discourse of the 1880s and 1890s. He argues that "realism" and "naturalism" were ideological categories used to promote a version of "reality" based on radically anti-"literary" and heavily gendered ...

The Problem of American Realism: Studies in the Cultural History of a Literary Idea 1996, University of Chicago Press

ISBN-13: 9780226042022

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The Problem of American Realism: Studies in the Cultural History of a Literary Idea 1993, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226042015

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