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Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850–1920

David E. Shi


This book provides a history of the rise of realism in American culture. It captures the character and sweep of this all-encompassing movement—ranging from Winslow Homer to the rise of the Ash Can school, from Whitman to Henry James to Theodore Dreiser. It begins with a look at the idealist atmosphere of the antebellum years, when otherwordly themes are considered the only fit subject for art. Whitman's assault on these standards coincided with sweeping changes in American society: the bloody Civil War, the aggressive advance of a modern scientific spirit, the popularity of photography, the ex ... More

Keywords: realism, culture, Walt Whitman, idealism, sentimental romanticism, realist revolution, Thomas Eakins, Louis Sullivan, Louisa May Alcott, Oliver Wendell Holmes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195106534
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106534.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David E. Shi, author
Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina