Regionalism in American Literature

Topic: EnvironmentNatural Disasters
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Last updated: May 9, 2019
regionalism
literature that emphasizes a specific geographic setting and that reproduces the speech, behavior, and attitudes of the people who live in that region.

local color
also known as Regionalism; term applied to fiction placing special emphasis on a specific setting, including its customs, clothing, dialect, and landscape

time period
post-Civil War: 1865-1895

weaknesses
nostalgia or sentimentality

setting
frequently emphasizes nature and its limitations

characters
district is more important than the individual

narrator
serves as mediator

theme
nostalgia for the golden age

conflict
outsider intrudes upon local community

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