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The Cambridge Companion to American Realism and Naturalism: From Howells to London (Cambridge Companions to Literature)by Donald Pizer
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The terms realism and naturalism are considered in the context of expressing a style of American writing in relation to late nineteenth century fiction movements. This text analyzes ten major texts, from W.D. Howell's The Rise of Silas Lapham to Jack London's The Call of the Wild.
This Companion examines a number of issues related to the terms realism and naturalism. It includes ten essays which deal with new ways of conceiving the movement within its historical context, the application of recent critical approaches to the writing of the period, the efforts to expand the canon of realism and naturalism, and the reformulations of the relationship of ten major works of the movement.
The Companion examines a number of issues related to the terms realism and naturalism, which have long served to designate major late nineteenth-century American fiction.
'This Companion examines a number of issues related to the terms realism and naturalism, which have long served to designate major late nineteenth-century American fiction. It includes ten essays that deal with the historical context, application, and expansion of this movement.\n
Table of Contents
List of contributors; Introduction; The problem of definition Donald Pizer; Part I. Historical Contents: 1. The American background Louis J. Budd; 2. The European background Richard Lehan; Part II. Contemporary Critical Issues: 3. Recent critical approaches Michael Anesko; 4. Expanding the canon of American realism Elizabeth Ammons; Part III. Case Studies: 5. The Portrait of a Lady and The Rise of Silas Lapham: the company they kept John W. Crowley; 6. The realism of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Tom Quirk; 7. The Red Badge of Courage and McTeague: passage to modernity J. C. Levenson; 8. What more can Carrie want? Naturalistic ways of consuming women Blanche Gelfant; 9. The Awakening and The House of Mirth: plotting experience and experiencing plot Barbara Hochman; 10. The Jungle and The Call of the Wild: London's and Sinclair's animal and human jungles Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin; 11. Troubled black humanity in The Souls of Black Folk and The Autobiography of an Ex-coloured Man Kenneth W. Warren; Further reading; Index.
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