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Lecture Notes for ENG 442 - Survey American Lit II with Royal at Texas A & M University-Commerce (A&M-Commerce)

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Material Type:Class Note
Professor:Royal
Class:ENG 442 - Survey American Lit II
Subject:English - ENG
University:Texas A & M University-Commerce
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Keywords:
  • Regionalism
  • Daniel Webster
  • Kate Chopin
  • Particularly
  • National Culture
  • Establishment
  • Differences
  • National Identity
  • Descriptions
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Prof. Derek P. Royal ENG 442 - Survey of American Literature II American Regionalism and Local Color Literature Regional or local color literature is fiction and poetry focusing on characters, dialects, customs, and geography particular to a specific region (whether it be New England, the South, the Midwest, the West, or even the southern plantation, a subset of the genre). Influenced in many ways by Southwestern humor, it was a prevailing mode of writing between the end of the Civil War and the first part of the twentieth century. According to the Oxford Companion to American Literature, "In local-color literature one finds the dual influence of romanticism and realism, since the author frequently looks away from ordinary life to distant lands, strange customs, or exotic scenes, but retains through minute detail a sense of fidelity and accuracy of description" (439). Richard H. Brodhead, in The Columbia Literary History of the United States, contextualizes regionalism ...

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