Dirty realism

Dirty realism

Dirty Realism is a North American literary movement born in the 1970s-80s in which the narrative is stripped down to its fundamental features.[1]

This movement is a derivative of minimalism. As minimalism, dirty realism is characterized by an economy with words and a focus on surface description. Authors working within the genre tend to eschew adverbs and prefer allowing context to dictate meaning. The characters in minimalist stories and novels tend to be unexceptional.[2]

Dirty realists include the movement's "godfather" Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), as well as the short story writers Raymond Carver[3] (1938-1988), Tobias Wolff (1945), Richard Ford (1944), Larry Brown (1951-2004), Frederick Barthelme (1943), Cormac McCarthy (1930), Pedro Juan Gutiérrez (1950), and Fernando Velázquez Medina (1951).

The term was coined by Bill Buford of Granta to define the styles of writers such as Carver.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Definition: Dirt Realism". Online dictionary service in English, Spanish, German and other languages by. 20 July 2008. 30 Dec. 2008 <http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-definitions/dirty%20realism>.
  2. ^ Wolf, Tobias. "Our Story Begins excels in dirty realism | Metro.co.uk." News, football, celebrity, reviews, competitions, tickets, dating, games, holidays | Metro.co.uk. 20 July 2008. 30 Dec. 2008 <http://www.metro.co.uk/metrolife/books/article.html?in_article_id=241644&in_page_id=28>
  3. ^ Hemmingson, Michael. The Dirty Realism Duo: Charles Bukowski & Raymond Carver. California: Borgo Press, 2008.
  4. ^ [1], 'Vitamins' by Raymond Carver at Granta Online.

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