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The Rise of Realism in American Fiction

Lecture no. 6 from the course: Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers

The Rise of Realism in American Fiction

Taught by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Realism dominated American short fiction from the end of the Civil War until the outbreak of World War I. See how four decades of social upheaval and the rise of print journalism motivated the rise of the “boys’ club” of realist writers, in opposition to the more feminine-influenced sentimental fiction of earlier decades.