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By Gary Scharnhorst, Tom Quirk

Realism and Regionalism: 1865-1914 covers American literature from the second one 1/2 the nineteenth century as much as the beginning of worldwide warfare I. Informative learn publications offer worthwhile heritage info in this period of time, recommend valuable components of analysis, and checklist the simplest secondary assets.

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It distinguishes between literature about immigrants, for immigrants, and literature growing out of the ethnic-groups experience and discusses the various pressures (linguistic, literary, commercial) that result from the traditionalist demands and progressive desires. Ethnic Writing 41 Henry Pochmann, “The Mingling of Tongues,” Literary History of the United States, volume 2, edited by Robert E. Spiller et al. (New York: Macmillan, 1948), pp. 676–693. Together with the “The Indian Heritage” (pp.

Aestheticism is associated with the fin de siècle literary movement and may be loosely considered to include such offshoots as bohemianism, vagabondia, and decadence. The central premise of aestheticism is that art is its own excuse for being, that it is essentially free from all social and moral obligations. Despite the fact that many critics thought this largely imported literary movement was un-American in its alternate gestures of escape and revolt, a large segment of the population was fascinated by such figures as Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley.

Covers a broad range of texts, combining ethnicity theory with an examination of literary and rhetorical patterns to arrive at an understanding of how people from various ethnic backgrounds came to see themselves as Americans. : Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1980), pp. 647–665. Traces the word “ethnicity” through its etymological development and through a broad cross-section of American writings and observes that ethnicity is a pervasive theme in all American literature. In the course of time ethnicity has been transformed from a liability to an asset.

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