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date: 26 June 2019

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Beginning with the legacy of nineteenth-century realism, this essay traces the emergence of specifically literary notions of naturalism and Impressionism in British and Irish writing of the long fin de siècle. While noting theoretical differences between naturalism and Impressionism, special attention is paid to how often they overlap in the literary practice of such authors as Henry James, George Moore, John Galsworthy, Virginia Woolf, Ford Madox Ford, Jean Rhys, and James Joyce. Impressionists and naturalists often use the same metaphors and settings; some works usually associated with Impressionism are governed by naturalistic plots. At the same time, realism never really dissolves; it persists and renews itself even in some of modernism’s most experimental narratives.

Keywords: naturalism, realism, impressionism, British/Irish literature, French influences

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