One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A literary style which attempts a gritty and unidealized depiction of contemporary life; (in later use) specifically a genre of (chiefly U.S.) fiction concerned with the experiences of the disaffected or disadvantaged, characterized by downbeat stories especially of small-town life, written in stark, direct (though often highly stylized) language, sometimes intended to shock.
1930s. From dirty + realism.
dirty realism/ˌdəːti ˈrɪəlɪz(ə)m/
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