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American Realism

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Stacy Dunn

on 8 February 2012

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Transcript of American Realism

Civil War
1861 - 1865 American Realism Gothic / Dark Romanticism
1820 - 1860 James Fenimore Cooper Expansion of
the Individual Heros Larger Than Life Imagination Perceived Individual
as a God The Last of the Mohicans The Deerslayer The Pathfinder The Pioneers The Prairie Herman Melville 620,000 Soldiers Died More deaths than all U.S. wars combined. Disease Napoleonic Tactics (Charging) Minie Bullet Battle of Bull Run Spencer Repeating Rifle 2nd Industrial
Revolution Period during the 19th century where major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and technological areas had a profound effect on the socioeconomical and cultural conditions of the times. Long Work Hours Child Labor Unsafe Work Conditions Realism attempted to pull away from the fantasy of Romanticism and focus on the now Realism attempted to portray the exhaustion with the life of ordinary American homes. Writers attempted to represent faithfully the environment and the manners of everyday life: the way ordinary people lived and dressed as well as what they thought, felt, and talked about. Artwork Realism Romanticism Writers of the Period Stephen Crane Kate Chopin William Dean Howells Upton Sinclair The Jungle Regionalism Literarature that emphasizes a specific geographic setting and that makes use of the speech and manners of the people who live in that region. Mark Twain Naturalism Literature based upon psychology and society in which the characters are subjected to the natural laws of the universe, unable to control their own destinies. Frank Norris Jack London Psychological Fiction Inside the human mind, fiction that explores characters internal motivations based upon their external actions. Henry James Characteristics of Realsim Characters and actions appear in their real environment, mostly poor and middle class Depicts reality closely and in detail Humans control their own destinies Accurate dialects portrayed Literature depends on the image created with limited symbolism
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