Literary Movement Reading Challenge 2015 – July: Realism (1820 – 1920)

Realism refers to the attempt to represent familiar and everyday people and situations in an accurate, unidealized manner, which was a reaction against romanticism. The realist novel was heavily informed by journalistic techniques, such as objectivity and fidelity to the facts of the matter. Instead of grand happenings, tragedies, and epic turns of events, the realist novel plodded steadily over a track not greatly disturbed by external circumstances. There is the belief that the novel’s function is simply to report what happens, without comment or judgment. [Source 1] [Source 2]

Some of the Realist authors:
(you may pick other authors outside this list)

Honore de Balzac (The Human Comedy series)
Henry James (The Portrait of a Lady/Daisy Miller)
Mark Twain (Huckleberry Finn)
Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary)

In Drama:
Ibsen’s A Doll House
Shaw’s Pygmalion
Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

You can submit your review posts on Realism books in the linky below (linky will be opened on July 15th, 2015)

1 comment:

  1. Just as an FYI when it comes to Norwegian authors during this period; Ibsen was one of the authors in what was called "The Big Four" when it came to authors during that time. The other three were Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Jonas Lie and Alexander Kielland. A fifth author (female), worth mentioning is Amalie Skram.

    One of the few reasons I know this, is basically because that period and those authors have been on the mandatory curriculum in Norwegian schools.


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