Kmart realism, also termed Dirty realism is a form of social minimalist literature found in American short fiction., It is defined as "A literary genre characterized by a spare, terse style that features struggling, working-class characters in sterile, bleak environments.". These short stories "represent and reproduce the disintegration of public life [and] the colonization of private life by consumer capitalism"
- "Up from Kmart" by Walter Kirn, New York Times (2001)
- Extensive lecture notes on Kmart Realism by Tao Lin
- Sodowsky, Roland. Studies in Short Fiction; Fall96, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p529, 529-540
- Kmart Realism. Wordspy. http://www.wordspy.com/words/Kmartrealism.asp
- Clark, Miriam Marty. Studies in Short Fiction; Spring95, Vol. 32 Issue 2, 147-159.
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