Howells’s Realist Criticism of Modernist Representation in "A Hazard of New Fortunes"

Vortrag mit Prof. Dr. Samuel Ludwig, UHA Mulhouse | Im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung "Stephen Crane's Times"

Like every presenter in this lecture series, I will present my own view of ”realism” and contextualize it in a context of the social and aesthetic developments of its time. In a close reading of some excepts of William Dean Howells’s important novel A Hazard of New Fortunes of 1890, I  will in particular look at the axis Realism - Naturalism - Modernism and the aesthetic and philosophical shifts around the turn of the 20th century. In particular in his description of Basil and Isabel March’s experiences on the L-train, Howells tests different modes of perception and understanding reality that, crossing Naturalist sensibilities, anticipate Modernist (and in particular Cubist) fragmentation, while at the same time insisting on his own vision of a Realist framework of human understanding and empathy. 


Event language: English
In cooperation with: English Department, University of Freiburg


Hörsaal 1015, KG I der Universität Freiburg
Do, 25.Nov.2021 um 18:00