Realism in American Fiction
In the current literary language, which is full of modernist post-modernist, and post-post-modernist cliches, realism and all those associated with it are no longer considered relevant. William Dean Howells (1837-1920), a pioneer in american realism for almost three decades, is virtually obliterated from the present literary scene of america. The prime factor of his disappearance is that the literary trend of realism which he initiated is out of fashion now. The present study is an innovative effort and attempts to bring Howells' revival once again, with emphasis on his representative novels, which have been analyzed from two perspectives: firstly, from the contemporary context in which he was bound to write; and secondly, in the current context of post-modernism. It also puts in proper perspective such features of howells' works which had not received much attention earlier.
Publication Date: 1/1/2001