Adventures in Realism
September 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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Kate Flint, Rutgers University
"Every new generation of critics and scholars must come to terms in its own ways with the paradoxes of realism. Realism is a period style, but at the same time it is a perennial motive in literature, art, film, and other media. Realism purports to represent things as they are, or were, but at the same time it is a constitutive set of conventions that tells people in a given time and place what is to be taken as real. This distinguished collection of essays brilliantly articulates these paradoxes for our own time."
J.Hillis Miller, University of California at Irvine
"What a wonderfully wide and deep and pushing inspection of realisms (and irrealisms) in history, in theory, in practice. Here’s realism, then and now, cannily philosophized, politicized, feminized, psychologized. Here are so many of realism’s practitioners, its aesthetic friends and enemies, the missionaries and also the scoffers, being heard and watched as they engage with their chosen media – novels, plays, paintings, photographs, films, buildings. It is, I think, as serious, engaging, educating a look at the large realist project as could well be assembled."
Valentine Cunningham, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
“Beaumont's introduction, 'Reclaiming Realism,' pinpoints the purpose of this collection. Realism fell victim to postmodern discourse; Beaumont and his fellow contributors wish to restore it.”