Landscapes of Realism

Rethinking literary realism in comparative perspectives

Volume I: Mapping realism

Editors
| University of Nottingham
| King's College London
| King's College London
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Few literary phenomena are as elusive and yet as persistent as realism. While it responds to the perennial impulse to use literature to reflect on experience, it also designates a specific set of literary and artistic practices that emerged in response to Western modernity. Landscapes of Realism is a two-volume collaborative interdisciplinary exploration of this vast territory, bringing together leading-edge new criticism on the realist paradigms that were first articulated in nineteenth-century Europe but have since gone on globally to transform the literary landscape. Tracing the manifold ways in which these paradigms are developed, discussed and contested across time, space, cultures and media, this first volume tackles in its five core essays and twenty-five case studies such questions as why realism emerged when it did, why and how it developed such a transformative dynamic across languages, to what extent realist poetics remain central to art and popular culture after 1900, and how generally to reassess realism from a twenty-first-century comparative perspective.
[Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages, XXXII]  Expected March 2021.  xv, 801 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
List of illustrations
xi–xii
Editors’ preface and acknowledgments
xiii–xiv
Note on translations and documentation
xv
Introduction
Dirk Göttsche, Rosa Mucignat and Robert Weninger
1–28
Chapter 1. What is realism?
Thomas Pavel and Galin Tihanov
29
Core essay. What is realism?: Ideas and debates
Thomas Pavel and Galin Tihanov
31–64
Case studies. The contest of realism: German Marxist “realism debates” from the 1930s to the 1950s
Robert Weninger
65–80
How real is realism?: Gérard de Nerval’s “bizarre arrangements of life”
Régine Borderie
81–88
The emergence of the novel in India and competing modes of realism
Sascha Ebeling
89–99
Chapter 2. Routes into realism
Dirk Göttsche
101
Core essay. Routes into realism: Multiple beginnings, shared catalysts, transformative dynamics
Dirk Göttsche, Ann Caesar, Anne Duprat, Rae Greiner, Anne Lounsbery and Stephen Roberts
103–191
Case studies. Routes into realism: Painting, from the eighteenth century into the early nineteenth
Brendan Prendeville
193–214
Routes into American realism
Graham Thompson
215–232
Realism and translation: Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre for an Austro-Hungarian minority and beyond
Tatjana Jukić
233–246
Chapter 3. Time and space
Svend Erik Larsen and Rosa Mucignat
247
Core essay. Fleeting moments and unstable spaces: Explorations of time and space in realism
Svend Erik Larsen and Rosa Mucignat
249–322
Case studies. Cartographic realism in nineteenth-century literature
Svend Erik Larsen
323–337
Mobile spaces: The impact of traveling in realism
Svend Erik Larsen
339–357
Reclaiming space, mastering time in African postcolonial fiction
Itala Vivan
359–374
Utopian island realism in J. M. Synge’s travel narrative of The Aran Islands and Tomás O’Crohan’s autobiography The Islander
Niall Sreenan
375–388
In-between spaces in Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore: Time and space in Japanese realism
Midori Tanaka Atkins
389–403
Haptic realism: Erik Poppe’s film U-July 22 and the aesthetics of duration
Asbjørn Grønstad
405–415
Chapter 4. Rereading nineteenth-century realism
Dirk Göttsche
417
Core essay. Literary playing fields in motion: Remapping and rereading nineteenth-century realism
Dirk Göttsche
419–489
Case studies. The French debate about Gustave Courbet’s pictorial realism and the dialogue between literature and art in the mid-nineteenth century
Julien Zanetta
491–503
Russian families, accidental and other
Anne Lounsbery
505–516
The benefit of reading marginal forms: Dramatic monologue and ekphrastic poetry
Rae Greiner
517–531
Madame Bovary in Italy: Forms of realism in the late nineteenth-century Italian novel
Olivia Santovetti
533–552
Eça and Machado: Money and adultery in Lusophone realism
Simão Valente
553–566
Zola, realism and naturalism in late nineteenth-century Greece
Sotirios Paraschas
567–578
The polyphony of late nineteenth-century Baltic realism
Benedikts Kalnačs
579–597
Chapter 5. Post-1900 transformations of realism
Robert Weninger
599
Core essay. Straw man or profligate son?: Transformations of literary realism since 1900
Robert Weninger
601–698
Case studies. Realism across borders: The role of state institutions in making Italian neo-realist film transnational
Francesco Di Chiara and Paolo Noto
699–716
Realism in play: The uses of realism in computer game discourse
Paul Martin
717–736
Realism and postcolonial subjectivity in the Black British Bildungsroman
Birgit Neumann
737–751
The rise and fall of socialist realism: The case of Christa Wolf
Robert Weninger
753–762
Realism in Anglo-American crime fiction
Simão Valente
763–776
Biographical fiction’s challenge to realism: Patricia Duncker’s Sophie and the Sibyl and Alicia Giménez Bartlett’s Una habitación ajena
Lucia Boldrini
777–794
Notes on contributors
795–801
Index
Subjects
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT006000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory