The History of the Novel

The History of the Novel - TheHistoryoftheNovel ENGLISH230:

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ENGLISH 230:  INTRODUCTION TO THE NOVEL The History of the Novel
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ACCORDING TO THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF LITERARY TERMS, A “NOVEL” IS: “A GENRE” THAT IS “EXCEPTIONAL”: “IT DISREGARDS THE CONSTRAINTS THAT GOVERN OTHER LITERARY FORMS, AND ACKNOWLEDGES NO OBLIGATORY STRUCTURE, STYLE, OR SUBJECT MATTER.” THE NOVEL “TENDS TO DESCRIBE A RECOGNIZABLE SECULAR SOCIAL WORLD” AND EMPLOYS MANY NON-FICTION PROSE FORMS, SUCH AS HISTORY, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, JOURNALISM, AND TRAVEL WRITING What is a Novel?
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A NOVEL USUALLY CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:  PLOT ONE OR MORE CHARACTERS SHOWN IN A PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT SETTING/CONTEXT/SCENES DIALOGUE/MONOLOGUE STRUCTURE (A PURPOSEFUL ARRANGEMENT OF PLOT, POINT OF VIEW,  CHRONOLOGY, ECT.) Characteristics of the Novel
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EPISTOLARY NOVEL :  STRUCTURED AROUND LETTERS BETWEEN  CHARACTERS OR THE CHARACTER AND THE READER PICARESQUE NOVEL :  STRUCTURED AROUND A “PICARO”  (SCOUNDREL); TOLD EPISODICALLY IN FIRST PERSON BILDUNGSROMAN:  STRUCTURED AROUND THE DEVELOPMENT (OR  COMING OF AGE) OF A PARTICULAR CHARACTER (MALE OR  FEMALE); FOCUSES ON CHARACTER’S QUEST FOR IDENTITY—MOST  OF THE NOVELS WE WILL READ ARE “BILDUNGSROMANS” Popular Forms of the Novel
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ROMAN A CLEF :  A NOVEL STRUCTURED AROUND REAL-LIFE,  IDENTIFIABLE PEOPLE OR EVENTS (ANN VERONICA IS OFTEN  ARGUED TO BE A ROMAN A CLEF) ROMAN A THESE :  MEANS “A THESIS NOVEL” IN FRENCH.  THE  NOVEL IS MEANT TO BE DIDACTIC AND ARGUES FOR SOLUTIONS  TO PROBLEMS OF POLITICS, MORALITY, OR PHILOSOPHY. Other Forms
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SPY NOVEL DETECTIVE/SUSPENSE NOVEL HISTORICAL NOVEL GOTHIC NOVEL (SEVERAL OF THE NOVELS WE WILL READ HAVE  TRACES OF THE GOTHIC, WHICH HIGHLIGHTS THE FANTASTIC,  THE SUPERNATURAL, SUSPENSE, AND ISSUES OF DESIRE AND  SEXUALITY—ESPECIALLY REBECCA) Sub-Genres of the Novel
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MOST LITERARY SCHOLARS ARE IN AGREEMENT THAT THE NOVEL  OWES A GREAT DEAL TO ITS EARLIER PREDECESSOR: THE  ROMANCE. ROMANCE:  THE ROMANCE (POPULAR FROM MEDIEVAL TIMES TO 
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