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 I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.
fiction (and poetry) that focuses on the characters, dialect, customs, topography, and other features particular to a specific region. Usually, this refers to American Literary Regionalism.
- Characters are marked by their adherence to the old ways, by dialect, and by particular personality traits central to the region.
- Setting is not incidental to the story; it is central.
- Include local traditions in detail and authentically, as a way to explain them or preserve them.
- Usually focuses after the American Civil War.
- Think historical fiction but with lots of atmosphere.
- Focus more on realism than a romantic vision of the world.
- Embrace ordinary life rather than escape from it.
- Practice a degree of narrative distance rendered through the character of a narrator differing in class or place of origin from the region’s residents.
- Most of Mark Twain’s writings
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Jack London
- Old Creole Days by George Washington Carver
- Main Traveled Roads by Hamlin Garland
- Penrod by Booth Tarkington
- Westerns–pretty much any of them
More R 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, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning