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Regionalism and Local Color

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Nathan Cornwell

on 7 June 2013

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Regionalism and
Local Color Nathan Cornwell History and Background: Local Color(cont.): Regionalism Selections: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County: Lucinda Matlock: Mark Twain: Thank You! Regionalism is the literary period that occurred after the Civil War ended. Regionalism can often be easily identified by local color. Naturalism, as well as Realism, became a popular movement in literature during and after Regionalism was popular. Following the Civil War, many American writers focused on the local color of many regions of the United States. They tried to portray the landscapes, speech, customs, and other cultural details of those regions. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Mark Twain was an American writer who moved out west during the Gold Rush. He uses techniques in this selection that help convey the regionalism of the Old West during this period of time. Twain uses a reference to a straddle-bug which was a long legged beetle found in the Old West region of the U.S. Twain also uses dialect from the region. Masters uses the regionalism of the typical Midwestern women in this excerpt from his poem, "Lucinda Matlock." She also includes vivid descriptions of her past. I'd like to thank the audience for watching and participating in my presentation. I'd also like to thank Mrs.Stroshine for evaluating my presentation as well as the class. Local Color: Local color is the primary literary element found in Regionalism writing. Writers portrayed the distinctive traits of particular regions of the United States. Mark Twain(cont.): Edgar Lee Masters Masters grew up in Petersburg and Lewistown Illinois. He spent a lot of his time on his grandfathers Midwestern farm where he read books by Charles Dickens and Ralph Waldo Emerson. His Midwestern farm experience as a young boy influenced his poem "Fiddler Jones" which reveals regionalism of this setting. Fiddler Jones: Masters uses farm references in the Midwest to explain the struggle of a farmer whose passion is playing the fiddle. This helps us make connections to Masters' childhood. Mark Twain Lucinda Matlock and Fiddler Jones Edgar Lee Masters A Wagner Matinee Willa Cather Willa Cather: A Wagner Matinee: Cather details life on the prairie in this excerpt from "A Wagner Matinee." This a an example of regionalism from Cather's childhood. Cather is best known for her portrayal of the pioneer life and landscape. She also writes about the complexities of American life and life on the prairie. In "A Wagner Matinee," Cather uses her local color of pioneer life and life on the prairie when talking about her aunt and uncle's travels. Questions and/or Feedback? Relation to Naturalism and Realism: Short Story Poem Poem Short Story Regionalism can compare to realism because it introduced ideas of life that were part of reality rather than imaginative. Regionalism writers used descriptions of actual places around them instead of places they wished to be or had not seen yet. Relation to Naturalism and Realism(cont.): Naturalism was a period in literature that emphasized the power that nature had over human beings. People believed that their destiny was decided by heredity and the environment and that they were at the mercy of natures harsh forces. This time period was introduced around the time of regionalism because it outlined a new meaning of nature which is seen in regionalism writing. Regionalism Art 1890-1910 Sources: http://www.artinthepicture.com/styles/Regionalism/ www.glencoe.com/ose http://www.slideshare.net/joant/realism-naturalism-and-regionalism www.youtube.com
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