Literary Realism is a mid-19th century movement, partially developed as a push-back against the turn-of-the-century Romantic movement and the sentimentalist movement of the 18th Century.

Realist works attempt to portray familiar things as they actually are. Often, they include banal and everyday activities and experiences. They try to portray truth without affect, artificiality, or stylizing.

Some of these works purposefully seek out ugly and sordid subject matter to emphasize. Others simply try to portray life as the author experienced it. Naturalism, social realism, and socialist realism are all offshoots of the Realist movement.

Some famous Realist authors include Stendhal, Pushkin, Zola, Flaubert, George Eliot, de Balzac, Prus, Tolstoy, and Chekhov.

This time is part of the 19th Century.

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The Beast Within


I spent a lot of time in front of the television as a child. It was part of my regular routine before going to school and after I got home. I used it to define days, hours, and seasons and to keep me company while I did homework or studied. My favourite programs (alongside Bugs Bunny, of course) were crime documentaries. This is a review of Emile Zola’s The Beast Within.