5. Implacable Nature, Household Tragedy, and Epic Romance

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch5

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) Implacable Nature, Household Tragedy, and Epic Romance, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch5

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

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Keywords:

  • implacable nature, household tragedy and epic romance;
  • generic triangle, extremes of American literary naturalism;
  • Wharton's Ethan Frome and Frank Norris's The Octopus;
  • naturalist triangle, “survival” narratives by Jack London;
  • Frank Norris's The Octopus, A Story of California (1901);
  • “Mussel Slough Tragedy” of May 11, 1880;
  • aberrant realist, primal passion, metallic necessity;
  • Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, the ending acidly ironic;
  • Norris's The Octopus as epic romance;
  • high-romantic description of farming, mythic

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Jack London and the “Law” of Nature

  • Zero Days: Ethan Frome as Naturalist Tragedy

  • The Force Be With You: Norris's The Octopus as Epic Romance