Cultural Studies Terms/Realism (Reality/Fiction)

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Realism (Fiction/Reality)




Realism is the representation of objects as they really are without idealization; meaning that it’s the counterpart to idealism. A movement in literature, painting and film-making is also called Realism.

Fiction: The term fiction suggests a separation from real life. In some cases fiction can influence the ‘real life’, like it is for example with soap operas. As a central feature of any society, fiction has been an object of public discussions ever since.

3)Chief Theorists

Rousseau, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Thucydides.

4)Related Terms

Reality, Fact


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