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Title: Realism, Regionalism, and Naturalism


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Realism, Regionalism, and Naturalism
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  • Realism
  • Ordinary people doing things in ordinary places,
    a slice of life
  • Moral dilemmas
  • Dominant during the 1870s - early 1900s

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  • Major Writers
  • William Dean Howells
  • Editor of The Atlantic Monthly
  • The Rise of Silas Lapham
  • Mark Twain
  • Stephen Crane

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  • Major Writers continued
  • Kate Chopin
  • The Awakening
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • A Horseman in the Sky and An Occurrence at Owl
    Creek Bridge
  • Henry James
  • Novels about American expatriates in Europe and
    concern with psychology of perception

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  • Major Writers continued
  • Henry James continued
  • Daisy Miller, The Ambassadors, The Wings of
    the Dove

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  • Regionalism
  • Local color
  • Attempts to capture the speech, geography, and
    customs of a specific region
  • Bret Hart, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin

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American painter Winslow Homer
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  • Naturalism
  • Darker side of realism
  • Focus on the seamy aspects of life
  • Treatment of human beings as animals driven by
    instinct and environment
  • Jack London (Call of the Wild, White Fang, The
    Sea Wolf)
  • Frank Norris, Upton Sinclair, Theodore Dreiser
    (Sister Carrie)

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  • Naturalism continued
  • Influences of Darwin, Marx, Nietzche, and (later)
    Freud
  • 1880s - 1900s

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