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Limburg 1Lauren Limburg ENL 3212Dr. Maioli 4/18/17A Line Between Romance and the Novel: Classifying Ivanhoeinto a GenreSir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe; A Romancewas quite unusual for the eighteenth century. While most writers were trying to distance themselves from the classification of “Romance,” Scott labeled his work as a Romance on the cover page. However, since so much time had been spent creating distance from the categorization of Romance, a new form of writing had emerged: The Novel. Defining the Novel and Romance come down to plot points, style, detail, and the specific content. The exact line for this paper will be derived from Ian Watt’s The Rise of the Novelas he made the distinction between the structure of the Novel and how it deviated from theRomance. The three major distinctions being the rejection of traditional plots, particularity whether it be in individuals, time, and space, and referential language. Ivanhoe; A Romance(herein Ivanhoe) is complicated by the Dedicatory Epistle to the Reverend Dr. Dryasdust merely four pages later. Scott fears that Ivanhoewill be placed in that same "class with the idle novels and romances of the day" (5). Scott goes out of his way to write a letter putting distance between Novels and Romances, but he still labels his work as such. The matter is further complicated by Scott as he writes "the public would at once have seen the propriety of inscribing a work designed to illustrate the domestic antiquities of England" (5). This leads one to believe it could be historical fiction. The confusion in classification raises the question: What is Ivanhoe? Is it historical fiction, a novel, or a romance? In this essay, I hope to demonstrate the intricacies of
Limburg 2such a publication and how Scott blended two genres to produce a story that felt modern and intricate. Ivanhoeappears as a glimpse into medieval times with extensive detail and accurate portrayals of the lives and daily rules. It is in these details that Ivanhoebegins to distinguish itself as the idea of the novel known today. The details of time and space are mentioned at great length and effect the plot of the novel in ways that the romance lacked. “That large decayed oak…marks the boundaries over which Front-de-Boeuf claims authority...There is now no fear ofpursuit” (Scott 62). Space is a factor in pursuit and one of the biggest reasons why the yeomen can lay siege to Front-de-Boeuf's castle, the remaining allies to the knights are too far away and the nearest castle could not be reached. Whereas in certain Romances like