A brief description of the literary movement within its historical context.
How do regionalist writings reflect the distinct cultures and experiences of different ethnic groups?
How do realist texts represent gender? Are women authors' interpretations of realism different from male authors' interpretations? How?
What kinds of narrative conventions structure oral and visual autobiographies?
What regional and ethnic dialects were represented in late-nineteenth-century literature? Why were dialect stories so popular in late-nineteenth-century America?
What are the distinguishing characteristics of realism? What cultural values does realism reflect and promote?
What is regionalist writing? What historical events and cultural anxieties fueled regionalism's popularity in the late nineteenth century?
In the popular imagination of the late nineteenth century, what distinguished certain regions of the country from one another?
In what ways can regionalist texts be representative of the general "American" experience?
How did technology bind together the United States in the late nineteenth century?
What is dialect? How did different authors represent dialect?
How do narrators affect the tone of a fictional text? What kinds of narrators emerge in realist writing of the late nineteenth century?
What is a trickster figure? What cultural work do trickster figures perform?
How do regionalist texts participate in or challenge racial stereotypes?
How does class-consciousness inflect realist representations of American life? What classes of people are depicted in realist texts?
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