“The Magnet Attracting”: Dreiser's Literary Style

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640492
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652129 | DOI:
“The Magnet Attracting”: Dreiser's Literary Style

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This chapter describes the literary style of Theodore Dreiser, focusing on his novel Carrie. Despite much criticism on the writing style of Dreiser, this novel was praised for its unsparing realism and its minute detail. Accordingly, Dreiser was admired more as a chronicler of everyday life than as a philosophical sage. The chapter suggests that one of the major strengths of his work is its capacity to bring into view the new scenes and situations of urban life, which had been overlooked or occluded in the more rural fictions of late-nineteenth-century writers.

Keywords: literary style; Theodore Dreiser; Carrie; criticism; realism; urban life; rural fictions

Chapter.  7084 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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