1. What makes this a Realist work?
2. Is this author usually considered a Realist writer? If so, why?
3. What are some important themes in the literary work/novel?
4. What is the author trying to say?
5. What is the significance of the novel/short story/literary work?
1. What makes work defines as realism or naturalism?
2. What is the author trying to imply in the works?
3. What is important in the literature and what is not?
4 Can you read between the lines?
8. Yes the material should impact and react to literature that we read. It will help us have a better understanding of realism works and will also give us a better insight of future literature works.
These are both okay, but I want reading guides based on the first two portions of the Morris book.
1. As you read, define key words that relate to realism. This offers a better understanding of what you are reading and how it is relevant to realism itself.
2. Define key players presented in the text. This applies to the main contributors to realism, as well as to modernism and postmodernism. This helps you develop a better sense as to why certain people think about literature the way they do and how that impacts the realm of literature being discussed (i.e. realism, modernism, postmodernism).
3. What are the differing opinions of realism? How does this help to define realism?
4. Why does the author compare realism to modernism and postmodernism? Does this help you to better understand what realism is?
5. Identify certain phrases or passages that impacted you as you read. Do these passages help in your understanding of realism or do they confuse you and warrant clarification?
A few themes have emerged in Pam Morris's __Realism__:
1. We can think of Realism in terms of aesthetics.
2. We can think of Realism philosophically. Historically, philosophers have recognized that Realist art can do three things: reinforce and normalize the status quo, intentionally or accidentally undermine "the real" and "the normal," or celebrate under appreciated aspects of "the "real" and "normal."
As a reading guide, I would suggest something like this:
1. What does the author do to create a realist aesthetic?
2. In what ways does this text reinforce the normal or the real? In what ways does it turn the normal and real into spectacle?
3. Does the text, and if so how does the text, undermine or criticize the normal and the real?
4. Does the text, and if so how does the text, celebrate unrecognized or under appreciated parts of the real and normal?
Ok I screwed mine all up. I don't really have any other fresh ideas. It seems like Prof has already hit the key points. My bad.
No apologies, Katie! We are all figuring this out together--it's a collaborative learning project!
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