3. Dramas of the Broken Teacup

American “Quiet” Realism

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch3

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) Dramas of the Broken Teacup, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271



  • dramas of the broken teacup, American “Quiet” realism;
  • “A Plea for Romantic Fiction”, Frank Norris, style of realism;
  • Howells' Their Wedding Journey, a novel;
  • quiet comic realism, illusion of shared romance;
  • The Beast in the Jungle, complexity, a short novel;
  • The American (1877), the ambivalent American;
  • The Ambassadors,James's “international theme”;
  • The American, themes of morality;
  • James, and philosophical determinism of naturalists


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • High Suspense on a Suspension Bridge: Their Wedding Journey

  • Prayerfully Numbering Her Days: Quiet Triumph of a New England “Nun”

  • Not Living in Henry James's World

  • Bestiary of The Dead

  • The Ambivalent American: Living and Not Living in the Ambassadors