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Novel

  1. 1. The novel Sources
  2. 2. • Rise of newspapers spreading out all over England. Most novelists were journalists. • A deep interest in political matters after the victorious Revolution in 1688 • The lack of censorship after 1694 • The increasing number of readers including women
  3. 3. Definition It derives from Latin 'novus', new and from Italian 'novella', it was not completely new as a literary genre but it reported about facts as newspapers.
  4. 4. Features • A story, the plot with the presence of a few characters • A careful handling of space and time • Peculiar communicative qualities • The celebration of bourgeois common sense values
  5. 5. Plots are based on • • • • • The psychological growth of one character A journey, real or fantastic A series of adventures characters have to cope with The development of a personal relationship Social or political issues
  6. 6. Influences
  7. 7. • Not only newspapers influenced the novel • The strict Puritan code • The contract-making merchant ethics • The adventurous colonizing spirit • The self made man as a model

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