Novel of Realism II
Class is important; The novel has traditionally served
the interests and aspirations of an insurgent middle
class. (See Ian watt,
The Rise of the Novel
Selective presentation of reality with an emphasis on
verisimilitude, even at the expense of a well-made plot.
Diction is natural vernacular, not heightened or poetic;
Tone may be comic, satiric, or matter-of-fact.
Objectivity in presentation becomes increasingly
important: overt authorial comments or intrusions
diminish as the century progresses.
From Richard Chase,
The American Novel and Its Tradition