• Setting is frequently remote and inaccessible.

  • Plot revolves entirely around the community or region.

  • Focus is on social tensions of race and gender.

  • Many stories share an antipathy to change and a degree of nostalgia for an always-golden past.

  • Conflict is tension between urban and old-fashioned values.


Willa Cather

Kate Chopin

Robert Frost

Bret Harte

Harriett Beecher Stowe

Mark Twain

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