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American Literature II1865 to the present
William Dean Howells (1837-1920)A realist who stated: “Realism isnothing more or less than the truthfultreatment of material”He believed fiction could make itsgreatest contribution by telling storiesof everyday life,especially themotives and actions of ordinarymenand womenThe character of Editha in the text bythe same name is a perfect exampleof his idea of “real people” actingbadly…
Kate Chopin (1850-1904)A regionalist and realistDescribed the tension and theconstraints placed on women,especially, by traditional socialmores of the timesShe couldn’t stand the outdatedsocial ideology of the times inwhich she lived and wrote togive women a voice in a societythat silenced them
Charles Chesnutt (1858-1932)A realistChallenged the most entrenchedsocial conventions of the timeincluding racial identification andhierarchy, power relations betweenthe races, the tensions inherent inblacks “passing” as white & theabsurdity of laws prohibitinginterracial marriage
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