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These are the stories you'll be studying in class. Please don't use them for your project :-).
"Go Down, Moses"
"Follow the Drinking Gourd"
"A Wagner Matinee"
"The Open Boat"
"To Build a Fire"
"The Outcasts of Poker Flat"
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog"
"The Story of an Hour"
What is Realism?
Characteristics (from Richard Chase, The American Novel and Its Tradition)
*Renders reality closely and in comprehensive detail.
*Character is more important than action and plot; complex ethical choices are often the subject.
*Characters appear with complex temperaments and motives; they are related to nature, to each other, to their social class, to their own past.
* Class structure is important.
*Events will usually be real-life. Realistic novels avoid the sensational, dramatic elements of naturalistic novels and romances.
* Diction is natural vernacular, not heightened or poetic; tone may be comic, satiric, or matter-of-fact.
* Interior or psychological realism can be an element
* In Black and White Strangers, Kenneth Warren suggests thatin realism, "the redemption of the individual lay within the social world" (75-76).
Realism in Art
The Agnew Clinic by Thomas Eakins
Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), 1873-1876 by Winslow Homer
Artistic works centered on the commonplace--lower class peasants and the urban working class, common people. Winslow Homer once said of his method, "I paint it exactly as it appears." French Realist Gustave Courbet may have said it better, "Everything that does not appear on the retina is outside the the domain of painting."
Stories for your project
Major Writers of American Realism
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
William Dean Howells
George Washington Cable
Joel Chandler Harris
Paul Lawrence Dunbar (poetry)
Sarah Orne Jewett
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Jane Addams (autobiography)
W.E.B. DuBois (essays)
Booker T. Washington (autobiography)
ELACC.11-12.R.I.7 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats...
ELACC.11-12.W.7 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Conduct short as well as more sustained research...
ELACC.11-12.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital...
ELACC.11-12.WE.9 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts...
ELACC.11-12.W9a Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Apply grades 11-12 Reading standards to literature...
Literary Center: available through GALILEO (pwd in agenda)
Internet Public Library Literary Criticism Links
Literary Criticism and Authors by name and historical period