WGS 345 • American Realism-W
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
We will read selected works of American Realism. Regionalism, and Naturalism from the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. Our methodology will involve, one, detailed attention to the language and form of these works and, two, careful attempts to relate them to their social contexts. Among the (many, I hope) questions that we will consider: What sorts of experiences, activities, even people get represented as somehow "realer" than others? What role do notions of "masculinity" and "femininity" play in how these works define and then relate to the really, really "Real?" How do these works respond to changing economic and social conditions, including the growth of consumer capitalism, the emergence of the "New Women," and the strengthening of Jim Crow segregation in the South? Although gender will not be at the center of every discussion or even every series of discussions, it will remain a key analytic category throughout the term. The same is true of race.