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A Concise Companion to Realism offers an accessible introduction to realism as it has evolved since the 19th century. Though focused on literature and literary theory, the significance of technology and the visual arts is also addressed.
Comprises 17 newly-commissioned essays written by a distinguished group of contributors, including Slavoj Zizek, Frederic Jameson and Terry Eagleton
Provides the historical, cultural, intellectual, and literary contexts necessary to understand developments in realism
Addresses the artistic mediums and technologies such as painting and film that have helped shape the way we perceive reality
Explores literary and pictorial sub-genres, such as naturalism and socialist realism
Includes a brief bibliography and suggestions for further reading at the end of each section
About the Author
Matthew Beaumont is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature in the Department of English at University College, London. He is the author of Utopia Ltd.: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England 1870-1900 (2005), and has edited Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward for Oxford World's Classics.