Chapter 19. American Regionalism

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Susan K. Harris Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch19

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Harris, S. K. (2010) American Regionalism, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch19

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. University of Kansas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626



  • American regionalism;
  • turn-into-the-twentieth-century American regionalism - Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton's The Squatter and the Don;
  • Ruiz de Burton, a Californio - people who lived in the southern and/or baja California region following the Mexican War;
  • American literary regionalism, not always being looked at in this way;
  • dispute about relationship between region and nation - subsuming questions of style, language and politics;
  • Baker's contempt for dialect writing - pointing to third issue of continuing debate about regionalist writing;
  • Howells's editorial directives - literary “stew” out of which much regionalist writing emerged;
  • regionalism's status as a “major” or a “minor” literary mode, subject of continuing debate;
  • turn-into-the-twentieth-century regionalist writing - becoming a mode exhibiting dynamic interplay between place and populace


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