Nineteenth-Century Literary Realism
Through the Looking Glass
By (author) Katherine Kearns
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Nineteenth-Century Literary Realism by Katherine Kearns
Book DescriptionNineteenth-Century Literary Realism argues for realism as a genre committed to depicting the imperilled ecological system of soul and society. More specifically: realism, Kearns argues, suggests to its readers that social and political and economic reforms are inextricably tied to spiritual well being. In the process of trying to communicate that suggestion, realism enters into a kind of considerate conversation with its readers which - through the slippage endemic to language - rapidly works to destabilise, even undermine, its own assumptions. Thus realism, in addition to bearing the burden of its own reformist agenda and the duty of character-enactment within a restricted environment, is charged with an alternative energy which can be seen at the same time to disrupt and to enrich its generic, formal bounds. She explores these concepts through five British and American novels - Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, The Blithedale Romance, Hard Times and The Awakening.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521496063
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Katherine Kearns
Nineteenth-Century Literary Realism, Paperback (August 2010)
A challenging rethinking of traditional theories, and redefinition of the genre, of realism.
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This book reads Frost's poetry within a theoretical perspective generated, but not limited by feminist analysis.
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The feminist, theoretical, and psychoanalytic implications inherent in the relationship between history and narrative is explored in this book. The author poses a feminist challenge to the hidden assumptions within conventional historiography by focusing on subjectivity and history.
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