Utilizing the lens of industrial historical past to contextualize the improvement of an American literary culture, fact Stranger than Fiction indicates how African American literature and tradition enormously motivated the advance of realism, which continues to be probably the most major genres of writing within the usa. extra in particular, fact Stranger than Fiction lines the affects of conventional conventions popularized in slave narratives - akin to using authenticating information, in addition to dialect, and a frank therapy of the human physique - in later realist writings. because it unfolds, fact Stranger than Fiction poses and explores a collection of questions about the moving courting among literature and tradition within the usa from 1830-1930 via concentrating on the evolving development of literary realism. starting with the query, 'How may perhaps slave narratives - heralded because the first indigenous literature by way of Theodore Parker - have prompted the improvement of yank Literature?' the booklet develops connections among an rising literary market, the increase of the pro author, and literary realism.

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