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Reliability of the narrator is called particularly into question (not only whether or not what the narrator says is true, but whether or not the narrator even believes that it’s true. I.E. Is the narrator purposefully lying to the audience).
Several facets of modernism remain, but the focus tends to be on questioning authority and societal standards. “What makes something important?” “What is art?” “Why do people follow society’s standard?” all become central questions.
Romanticism is the period between 1800-1860 which is characterized by heroes and romantic journeys similar to those taught in 10th grade. American Literature is renowned for its “Dark Romantics” in particular.
Qualities of Realism existed predominantly in the United States between 1860 and 1900. Many authors still write in this style today, although many scholars refer to Realist writers from later time periods as “naturalists.”
Generally focused on everyday people of the working or middle class.
These works generally focus on qualities of daily life in normal society and as a result the characters, not the plot, are considered most important.
The voice of the narration is generally close to everyday speech so that it appeals to and represents the average people in society.
The one crucial aspect considered inherent to all “Realism” is the genuine and unembellished nature of the descriptions, the characters, and the plot.
Writers of Realism existed predominantly in the United States between 1860 and 1900. Many authors still write in this style today, although many scholars refer to Realist writers from later time periods as “naturalists.”
Famous author’s from this time period and style include Henry James, Stephen Crane, Ambrose Bierce, Sherwood Anderson, Walt Whitman, Willa Cather, Thornton Wilder, and in some instances, Mark Twain.
Author’s who carried this style over into the 20th Century and are often referred to as “Realist” or “Naturalist” include Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.