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Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Women's Writing by Donna M. Campbell (review)

Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Women's Writing by Donna M.... Reviews John Hay is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the author of Postapocalyptic Fantasies in Antebellum American Literature (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). His essays have appeared in the New England Quarterly, ESQ, Philosophy and Literature, Public Books, and The Oxford Handbook of Jack London. Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Women’s Writing, by Donna M. Campbell. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016. xiv + 386 pp. Cloth, $64.95. linda kornasky Donna Campbell’s substantial new study introduces a unique perspective on American women writers of literary naturalism. Campbell proposes that “placing women’s naturalism at the center rather than the periphery of the [naturalist] movement reveals an ‘unruly’ counterpart to the rules of classic naturalism” by Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, etc., which, she contends, “expresses an interest less in philosophical consistency in its treatment of determinism than in the complex, sometimes uneven workings of social forces that operate on female characters constrained with the extra complications of women’s biological and social functioning” (4). This alternative, re-orienting perspective suggests, nonetheless, that new attention should be paid not only to “unruly” naturalism written by women often overlooked in naturalism studies, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Naturalism University of Nebraska Press

Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Women's Writing by Donna M. Campbell (review)

Studies in American Naturalism , Volume 11 (2) – Aug 29, 2016

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Reviews John Hay is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the author of Postapocalyptic Fantasies in Antebellum American Literature (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). His essays have appeared in the New England Quarterly, ESQ, Philosophy and Literature, Public Books, and The Oxford Handbook of Jack London. Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Women’s Writing, by Donna M. Campbell. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016. xiv + 386 pp. Cloth, $64.95. linda kornasky Donna Campbell’s substantial new study introduces a unique perspective on American women writers of literary naturalism. Campbell proposes that “placing women’s naturalism at the center rather than the periphery of the [naturalist] movement reveals an ‘unruly’ counterpart to the rules of classic naturalism” by Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, etc., which, she contends, “expresses an interest less in philosophical consistency in its treatment of determinism than in the complex, sometimes uneven workings of social forces that operate on female characters constrained with the extra complications of women’s biological and social functioning” (4). This alternative, re-orienting perspective suggests, nonetheless, that new attention should be paid not only to “unruly” naturalism written by women often overlooked in naturalism studies,

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Studies in American NaturalismUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Aug 29, 2016

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