8. Subjective Realism

Stephen Crane's Impressionist Fictions

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch8

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) Subjective Realism, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch8

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



  • subjective realism, Stephen Crane's Impressionist Fictions;
  • impressionism, artistic movement in European painting;
  • impressionist movement in painting, American artists and writers;
  • works, on sensory and psychological impact of things on a character;
  • literary impressionists fiction, “pictorial”;
  • Crane's stories “The Open Boat” and “The Blue Hotel,”;
  • impressionist influence in “The Blue Hotel”;
  • epistemological current of “The Open Boat”;
  • Maggie, unhappy life of a young woman, escaping New York's Bowery;
  • Maggie's dream, of false hopes and bogus romanticism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Pictures at an Exhibition

  • The Inexorable Environment: Crane's Bowery Tales

  • Maggie in the Bowery: Another Experiment in Misery