The Realist Reinvention of the South: Aesthetic Violence and Modernist New Beginnings in the (Human) Nature Poetry of Madison Cawein

Patricia Chaudron

University at Buffalo

Patricia Chaudron is a graduate student in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. She is currently completing her dissertation, “William Dean Howells and the Making of a Realist Poetics: Literary Form and Social Responsibility in Late Nineteenth-Century America” in which she argues that the generic possibilities of poetry contribute toward a more visceral and socially involved 1890s realism. She published “From Local Color to Modernist Poet: Revisiting Emily Dickinson’s Critics in the 1890s” in the Emily Dickinson Journal in 2016.


The late nineteenth century is commonly seen as the height of realist fiction, in particular local color prose. This detailed attention to sites of marginalization was intended to foster more inclusive forms of understanding.... [ view full abstract ]


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