Nineteenth-Century Literary Realism: Through the Looking Glass by Katherine KearnsNineteenth-Century Literary Realism: Through the Looking Glass by Katherine Kearns

Nineteenth-Century Literary Realism: Through the Looking Glass

byKatherine Kearns

Paperback | August 26, 2010

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Nineteenth-Century Literary Realism radically redefines the genre of realism, arguing that its political commitment to social reform--its earnest agenda--often enters into conflict with its formal demands. Obliged to portray life as truthfully as possible--often through the vehicle of describing tortured souls in a world out of sorts--realism must also satisfy ideological demands that may not jibe with that truth, leading to a crisis of form and function. By looking at these conflicts as peculiar to realism, Kearns reads as realist several texts usually considered too fantastic to fit the realist prescription.
Title:Nineteenth-Century Literary Realism: Through the Looking GlassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:322 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:August 26, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521152720

ISBN - 13:9780521152723

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Real realism; 2. Talking about things; 3. Domestic violence; 4. The inhuman; 5. Brontë's variations on a theme by Sade; 6. A tropology of realism in Hard Times; 7. 'Zenobia in chains'; 8. Dreams of sleep; Notes; Index.

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"...it is certainly a lively read and worthy of consideration by any hardy enough to venture into the quagmire of studies on realism." Joseph W. Childers