Regional Realism

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Depicting the Local in American Literature, 1865-1900

Set in the antebellum American South, but written after Emancipation, Mark Twain's novel The Adventure's of Huckleberry Finn remains a classic of American Literature. This episode compares Twain's depiction of Southern vernacular culture to that of Charles Chestnutt and Kate Chopin, and in doing so, introduces the hallmarks of American Realism.

Authors Covered - This section of the Instructor Guide contains biographical information on 10 authors, and includes hyperlinks to related Archive materials.

Timeline - The Unit timeline links literary texts and their dates of original publication with critical historical events to build a contextual framework.

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