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Regionalism Late 1800s. Preview. Read p. 619 in your textbook. You have 4 minutes. . Huge Regionalist Writers: Bret Harte Mark Twain. Regionalism. Embraces not the universal but the particular Focuses on what specifically characterizes a geographical area and its people.

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Regionalism late 1800s

Regionalism

Late 1800s


Preview

Preview

  • Read p. 619 in your textbook.

  • You have 4 minutes.


Regionalism late 1800s

Huge Regionalist Writers:

Bret Harte

Mark Twain


Regionalism late 1800s

Regionalism

  • Embraces not the universal but the particular

  • Focuses on what specifically characterizes a geographical area and its people.

  • Regional writers strive to capture the speech, dress, common beliefs, and social interactions of a given area

  • Two huge regionalist writers:

    • Mark Twain

    • Bret Hart


Regionalism late 1800s

*Writers wanted to record and celebrate the vast diversity of American landscape and it’s people

*Place/Setting is integral to the story itself


Regionalism late 1800s

  • Local Color=

  • unusual traditional features of a particular place that make it interesting

  • Writers of local color use writing to “paint” local scenes

  • Vernacular=

    • language spoken by the people in a particular locality.

  • Local colorists felt that the best way to capture a region’s heart and soul was to let readers “hear” its authentic speech patterns


Regionalism late 1800s

Example of Vernacular(Local Color):

“cal’klated to edercate”= calculated to educate


Regionalism late 1800s

Why might 19th century readers have been especially receptive to regionalist and local-color writing?

Readers were able to identify with the characters because they behaved and sounded like people they encountered in their everyday live.


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Regionalism? Yes/No?


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Regionalism? Yes/No?


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Regionalism? Yes/No?


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Regionalism? Yes/No?


Unit vocabulary

Unit Vocabulary

  • Jocular* Protruding

  • Impropriety* Intangible

  • Conjectured* Apprehensive

  • Dilapidated* Imperative

  • Inanimate* Renown

  • Serenely* Incessantly

  • Conspicuous

  • Vacant

  • Feverish


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  • Characterization= The process by which a writer reveals the personality of a character

  • Direct Characterization

    • By directly stating what the character is like

  • Indirect Characterization

    • By describing the character’s thoughts, words, actions

    • By showing how other characters react to him or her


  • Exit slip

    Exit Slip

    • Why might nineteenth-century readers have been especially receptive to regionalist and local-color writing?

    • In your opinion, which qualities of regionalism might most appeal to today’s readers?


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