Realism Notes American Literature



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Realism Notes

American Literature

Division, Reconciliation, and Expansion (1850-1914)


I. Prelude to War

A. North

1. __________________________________________________

2. __________________________________________________

3. __________________________________________________

B. South

1. __________________________________________________

2. __________________________________________________

3. __________________________________________________

C. Slavery

1. Fugitive Slave Act:

________________________________________________________________

2. Kansas-Nebraska Act:

________________________________________________________________

3. ___________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________


II. The Union is Dissolved

A. ______________________ was elected President

1. ___________________________________________________

2. ___________________________________________________

3. Wrote “The Gettysburg Address” ________________________

B. Civil War

1. ___________________________________________________

2. ___________________________________________________

III. An Expanding America

A. Homestead Act:

___________________________________________________________

B. _________________________________________________________

1. ___________________________________________________

IV. A Changing American Society

A. Industrial Revolution

1. ___________________________________________________

2. ___________________________________________________

3. ___________________________________________________

B. Immigration

C. ________________________________________________________

1. ___________________________________________________

2. ___________________________________________________

3. ___________________________________________________

V. Literature of the Period

A. ___________________________________________________

B. ___________________________________________________

C. ___________________________________________________

D. Fiction

VI. Realism

A. portrays________ life and attempts to show ___________________ and _______________in an honest way

1. ___________________________________________________

B.


1. ___________________________________________________
2. ___________________________________________________

C. Regionalism: portrays characters, dialects, and customs of a specific region

1. ___________________________________________________

2. ___________________________________________________

VII. Literary Terms

A. Stream of Consciousness:

_________________________________________________________

1. Ambrose Bierce – “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

B. Irony: ___________________________________________________

1. Kate Chopin – “Story of an Hour”


C. Regionalism:

________________________________________________________________


1. Bret Harte – “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”


D. Refrain: word, phrase, or line that is repeated at regular intervals throughout ___________________________________________________
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