- Author : Kathleen Wheeler
- Release Date : 01 September 1994
- Publisher : NYU Press
- Genre : Literary Criticism
- Pages : 220
- ISBN 13 : 9780814792766
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Book excerpt: This book is an examination of the narrative strategies and stylistic devices of modernist writers and of earlier writers normally associated with late realism. In the case of the latter, Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin and Willa Cather are shown to have engaged in an ironic critique of realism, by exploring the inadequacies of this form to express human experience, and by revealing hidden, and contradictory, assumptions.