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The realistic period

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The realistic period

  1. 1. The Realistic Period 1865-1914 Kristy Hartman & Catherine Rowley
  2. 2. The Realistic Period <ul><li>Considered to be the complete opposite of Romantic Period </li></ul><ul><li>Rejects the romantic themes of artificiality & ignorance & instead embraces raw life as something beautiful & art worthy </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic Period Vs. Romantic Period: </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic is about the truth, even if its ugly. Objectively real & focuses attention on the problems of the time. </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic Period is about emotion & imagination. It was an escape from reality. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Realistic Vs. Romantic
  4. 4. Literary Trends in the Realistic Period <ul><li>Urbanization: the process by which large numbers of people become permanently concentrated in relatively small areas, forming cities. </li></ul><ul><li>Class in Society </li></ul><ul><li>Economic/Social/Political Changes </li></ul><ul><li>Character is more important than action & plot </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical choices </li></ul>
  5. 5. Influential People in The Realistic Period Mark Twain Charles W. Chesnutt Paul Laurence Dunbar Edith Wharton Rebecca Harding Davis
  6. 6. Common Themes of The Realistic Period <ul><li>Plot/Action/Complex Ethical choices </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on current evens happening through the world & giving insight on them </li></ul><ul><li>Truth rather than fantasy or the past </li></ul><ul><li>More focus on characters of a story than the plot itself </li></ul>
  7. 7. How Authors Express Themes <ul><li>Mark Twain </li></ul><ul><li>His real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens </li></ul><ul><li>Some Writings “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” </li></ul><ul><li>In his writings he provided images of the romantic, the real, the strengths and weaknesses of a rapidly changing world. </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Laurence Dunbar </li></ul><ul><li>He was not first African American poet and writer, but was the first to receive reputation and to be accepted by both white and blacks. </li></ul><ul><li>Some writings “We Wear The Mask,” “An Easy Goin' Feller,” “Emancipation” </li></ul><ul><li>His work often addressed the difficulties encountered by members of his race and the efforts of African-Americans to achieve equality in America. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Literary Trends <ul><li>Realism was grounded in the faithful reporting of all facets of everyday American life. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Realism is nothing more and nothing less than the truthful treatment of material.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>-William Dean Howells </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sources <ul><li>https://marktwainhouse.org/theman/bio.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cmgww.com/historic/twain/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/sgo/texts/dunbar2.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dunbarsite.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ncteamericancollection.org/amer_realism.htm#muck </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_date_of_the_realistic_period_in_America_Literature </li></ul><ul><li>http://classiclit.about.com/od/literaryterms/g/aa_realistic.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/realism.htm </li></ul>