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Thomas Charles Farrer (1839-1891), Mount Tom, 1865. American Realism. 1850-1900 The Civil War and Post-War Period. Realists sought to accurately portray real life, without filtering it through personal feelings, romanticism, or idealism. Elements of Literature, 6 th ed (419). Response to.

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Realists sought to accurately portray real life, without filtering it through personal feelings, romanticism, or idealism.

Elements of Literature, 6thed (419)

response to
Response to
  • Start of the Civil War
  • Rapidly growing cities and slums
  • Factories replacing farms
  • Corruption in politics (slavery, civil rights for women, immigrants)

Children in Mullen’s Alley, photograph, Jacob Riis, 1888

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American Realism
  • The world is what it is, and that can be awful and frightening
  • verisimilitude
  • accepting reality as reality
  • rejection of the sensational sentimental with focus on the ordinary man
  • loss of optimism; no rose-colored glasses
  • relied on facts and events
  • opened eyes to the fact that slavery undermined American values
new voices new subjects
New Voices, New Subjects
  • regionalism: added extreme detail to the setting; the setting was a character symbolically
  • naturalism: even more real; extremely detailed; pointed out darkness in our world
  • satire: a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn

satirists like Mark Twain and poets like Walt Whitman tried to ~keep it real.~

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