Realism in Modern Drama

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A
Summer Project
On
“REALISM IN MODERN DRAMA”

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in English

Submitted by:
BISMA IRFAN BA (Honors) English ll
A0706110036
ENROLL. NO.

Submitted to:
DR DEEPANKAR SUKUL Asst. Professor

AMITY INSTITUTE OF ENGLISH AND BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
AMITY UNIVERSITY UTTAR PRADESH

CERTIFICATE

It is certified that the summer project work titled “ REALISM IN MODERN DRAMA” is the work of Ms.Bisma Irfan, B. A. (Hons,) English, and has been completed under my supervision.

Dr.Deepankar sukul
Lecturer
AIESR

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to thank Director, AIESR, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh and my summer project Supervisor, Dr.Deepankar Sukul, Lecturer, AIESR for guiding me throughout the compilation of this term paper. Date:19TH JULY 2011 BISMA IRFAN

Student,
AIESR

Table of contents

1-INTRODUCTION
2-BEGINNING OF REALISM 11-16 3-EMERGENCE OF REALISM IN MODERN DRAMA 17-25 4-WRITERS OF REALISM 26-30 5-REALISM IN AMERICAN AND CHINESE DRAMA 31-39 6-REAILSM IN ART AND LITERATURE 39-55 7-CONCLUSION 56-60 8-REFERENCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

Introduction

Realism is a literary term which is so widely used as to be more or less meaningless except when used in contradistinction to some other movement, such as Naturalism, Expressionism, Surrealism. The original definition of realism by Sir P. Harvey was "a loosely used term meaning truth to the observed facts of life (especially when they are gloomy)." Realism has been chiefly concerned with the commonplaces of everyday life among the middle and lower classes, where character is a product of social factors and environment is the integral element in the dramatic complications. Realism in literature is an approach that attempts to describe life without idealization or romantic subjectivity. Although realism is not limited to any one century or group of writers, it is most often associated with the literary movement in 19th-century France, specifically with the French novelists Flaubert and Balzac. In the drama, realism is most closely associated with Ibsen's social plays. Later writers felt that realism laid too much emphasis on external reality. Many, notably Henry James, turned to a psychological realism that closely examined the complex workings of the mind (stream of consciousness). The French realist school of the mid-19th cent. stressed "sincerity" as opposed to the "liberty" proclaimed by the Romantics; it insisted on accurate documentation, sociological insight, an accumulation of the details of material fact, an avoidance of poetic diction, idealization, exaggeration, melodrama, etc.; subjects were to be taken from everyday life, preferably from lower-class life. This emphasis clearly reflected the interests of an increasingly positivist and scientific age. French Realism developed into Naturalism, an associated but more scientifically applied and elaborated doctrine, seen by some later critics (notably Marxist critics) as degenerate. George Eliot introduced realism into England (William Dean Howells 1837-1920 introduced it into the United States). In England, the French realists were imitated consciously and notably by George Augustus Moore (1852-1933) and Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), but the English novel from the time of Defoe had had its own unlabelled strain...
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