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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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Documenting the Real

Documenting the Real

(p.103) 7 Documenting the Real
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Augusta Rohrbach

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines literary realism and its place in U.S. literary history. After providing an overview of the roots of realism, it discusses the importance of the rhetoric of antebellum as well as postbellum radical reform movements in fashioning realism. It then considers the role of print culture in the rise of realism after the Civil War, along with the use of realism as a political tool and as a means to promote social justice. It also explores the link between business and authorship by citing the novels of writers such as Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser, and Henry James.

Keywords:   literary realism, literary history, reform movements, print culture, business, authorship, novels, Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser, Henry James

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