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Title: 1860-1920(ish)


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American Regionalism
  • 1860-1920(ish)

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What is Regionalism?
  • Often called local color.
  • Focuses on characters, dialect, customs,
    topography, and other features specific to a
    certain region (eg. the South)
  • Coincided with Realism and shared many of the
    same traits.
  • Prominent from 1865-1895.

3
Regionalist Writers
  • Kate ChopinSouth
  • Mary E. Wilkins-FreemanNew England
  • Mark TwainWest
  • Willa CatherMidwest

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Why did Regionalism develop?
  • Dual influence of Romanticism and Realism
  • The Civil War and the building of a national
    identity
  • An outgrowth of realism with more focus on a
    particular setting and its influence over
    characters

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Points to Remember
  • Realism, Regionalism, and Naturalism are
    intertwined and connected.
  • Their influence has dominated most literature
    created since 1920, though the movement itself is
    dated to roughly that point.
  • They are truly American modes of writing.
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