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How American Realism Improved Literature

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How American Realism Improved Literature

American Realism, a late 19th-century literature movement, started as a counteraction against the semantical tradition and romanticism associated primarily with female writers. The movement beginning and borrowing its themes from Emile Zola, then French Novelist, received criticism due to its notorious topics such as lower class, immorality, and sexuality emphasis. The Americans were still under Puritanism and could not absorb the themes. During this period, Americans dictated what literature could entail, and since there is no literature detailing how Realism changed American literature, this paper thus researches how this happened. American Realism captured the immediate air of American reality into dialect through its themes that focused on moral and social functions.

Reed, E., & Jones, R. (Eds.). (2019). Reasons for Realism: Selected essays of James J. Gibson. Routledge.

            The Realist engaged their audience with everyday situations and subjects in the contemporary world. The movement ensured they gave equal focus to all social and economic classes. Other movements such as romanticism, drama, and idealism avoided subjects that could raise controversies, such as equality, and as a result, untidy elements were shown.

Sawin, W. E. (2019). The Influence of the Industrial Revolution on Nineteenth-Century Literary and Artistic Movements.

            Following the rejection of romanticism, which dominated arts and literature, Realism revolted against exotic themes and inflated emotions. Realism came to seek portrayal of a real picture that the contemporary society possessed; their situations with accuracy and truth with the inclusion of the sordid life aspects. Industrial and commercial revolutions were at their peak during this period bringing in clarity of ordinary life circumstances; Realism capitalized on bringing more relatable literature and art.

 

 

Referees

Reed, E., & Jones, R. (Eds.). (2019). Reasons for Realism: Selected essays of James J. Gibson. Routledge.

Sawin, W. E. (2019). The Influence of the Industrial Revolution on Nineteenth-Century Literary and Artistic Movements.

 

 

 

 

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