The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but last year, I found it way to busy and decided to post this year ‘about’ twice a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last two times I participated, will be literary genres.
Stories that depict contemporary social realities and the lives and everyday activities of ordinary people.
- The setting should be early 20th Century America.
- The story should reflect city life and an American population that is more urban than rural.
- The plot should concern itself with the here and now.
- The redemption of the individual lays within the social world.
- It renders reality closely and in comprehensive detail, even at the expense of a well-made plot.
- The character is more important than action and plot.
- Complex ethical choices are often the subject.
- Class is important and American Realism has traditionally served the interests and aspirations of an insurgent middle class.
- The story avoids the sensational.
- Diction is natural vernacular, not heightened or poetic.
- A Modern Instance by William Howell
- The Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger
- Most novels by Mark Twain
- The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
- Summer by Edith Wharton
- Martin Eden by Jack London
- An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
More A Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.