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By Ryan Simmons

An vital exam of Charles Chesnutt as a practitioner of realism.
With the discharge of formerly unpublished novels and a up to date proliferation of serious reviews on his lifestyles and paintings, Charles W. Chesnutt (1858–1932) has emerged as an enormous American author of his time—the age of Howells, Twain, and Wharton. In Chesnutt and Realism, Ryan Simmons breaks new floor by way of theorizing how understandings of literary realism have formed, and will proceed to form, the reception of Chesnutt’s work.
Although Chesnutt is usually said because the such a lot well known African American author of the realist interval, little cognizance has been paid to the principal query of this learn: what does it suggest to name Chesnutt a realist? A author whose profession used to be circumscribed by way of the dismal racial politics of his period, Chesnutt refused to comply to literary conventions for depicting race. Nor did he use his innovative abilities to ward off the realities he and different African american citizens confronted. really, he experimented with methods of portraying truth which may elicit a suitable, proportionate reaction to it, as Simmons demonstrates in prolonged readings of every of Chestnutt’s novels, together with very important unpublished works which have been ignored via prior critics.
Chesnutt and Realism additionally addresses a interestingly overlooked topic in American literary studies—the dating among American literary realism and race. via taking Chesnutt heavily as a contributor to realism, this booklet articulates the ideas through which one African American highbrow helped to outline the discourses that inspired his fate.

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