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The Mediating NationLate American Realism, Globalization, and the Progressive State$
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Nathaniel Cadle

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618456

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618456.001.0001

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Local Color, World Literature, And The Transnational Turn In William Dean Howells's Fiction And Criticism

Local Color, World Literature, And The Transnational Turn In William Dean Howells's Fiction And Criticism

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(p.58) Chapter Two Local Color, World Literature, And The Transnational Turn In William Dean Howells's Fiction And Criticism
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The Mediating Nation
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Nathaniel Cadle

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618456.003.0003

This chapter examines how literary realism provided a means for American literature to play a more vital role in world literature by focusing on William Dean Howells's late fiction and criticism. More specifically, it explores Howells's expression of transnational turn in his work in an attempt to reposition realism—and more specifically, the techniques of local color—as the most adequate means of representing the United States' centrality to the world economy. It also considers the relationship between world literature and American literature, together with the paradoxical nature of local color, which involved the use of a standardized set of literary conventions such as dialect and episodic narrative structure.

Keywords:   literary realism, American literature, world literature, William Dean Howells, fiction, transnational turn, local color, United States, dialect

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