Regionalism

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by sdanevicz
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Discipline:
Language Arts
Subject:
Literature
Grade:
9

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Regionalism

REGIONALISM

-Another outgrowth of Realism, Regionalism in literature is the tendency among certain authors to write about specific geographical areas.

The narrator is particularly important in regionalist fiction for he or she serves as a translator, making the region understandable for the reader. We see examples of this with our narrators in both “The Boys’ Ambition” and “…Jumping Frog…” by Twain.

-Regionalism refers to texts that concentrate heavily on specific, unique features of a certain region including dialect, customs, tradition, topography, history, and characters.

-It focuses on the formal and the informal, analyzing the attitudes characters have towards one another and their community as a whole.

Frontier Justice

- Poker Flat mining camp—similar to many camps of the time - Small and corrupt- Allowed gambling and other crimes (to a certain extent)- Life could change very quickly (i.e.—weather related issues, or deciding to clean up the town)

Travel Was very difficultMountain ranges had few good trails, so crossing them took a long timeTravelers also had to deal with sudden shifts in weather.

-Punishment for gambling, thievery, and prostitution was violent vigilantism (hanging, exile, etc.)-Some person’s actions were governed by greed—if they lost to a gambler, they’d hang him; if they won from the gambler, they wouldn’t.

Travel ' Religion

-In the 19th century many Americans had strong religious beliefs-Even people living in the unsettled, chaotic, and sometimes criminal areas had the common denominator of religious beliefs.

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Travel ' Religion

Unique Features


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