The Social Construction of American Realism
  • Author : Amy Kaplan
  • Release Date : 15 December 1992
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Genre : Philosophy
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 13 : 9780226424309

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Book excerpt: Kaplan redefines American realism as a genre more engaged with a society in flux than with one merely reflective of the status quo. She reads realistic narrative as a symbolic act of imagining and controlling the social upheavals of early modern capitalism, particularly class conflict and the development of mass culture. Brilliant analyses of works by Howells, Wharton, and Dreiser illuminate the narrative process by which realism constructs a social world of conflict and change. "[Kaplan] offers some enthralling readings of major novels by Howells, Wharton, and Dreiser. It is a book which should be read by anyone interested in the American novel."—Tony Tanner, Modern Language Review "Kaplan has made an important contribution to our understanding of American realism. This is a book that deserves wide attention."—June Howard, American Literature

The Social Construction of American Realism

The Social Construction of American Realism

Author : Amy Kaplan
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Genre : Philosophy
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Kaplan redefines American realism as a genre more engaged with a society in flux than with one merely reflective of the status quo. She reads realistic narrative as a symbolic act of imagining and controlling the social upheavals of early modern capitalism, particularly class conflict and the development of mass ...

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Publisher : University of Chicago Press
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