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The English Novel. Dr Sami S. Breem 2 nd Semester 2012. Definition. Definition of the novel The oxford English Dictionary defines the novel: ‘ a fictitious prose narrative or tale of considerable length (now usually on e long enough to fill one or more volumes)

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the english novel

The English Novel

Dr Sami S. Breem

2nd Semester 2012

definition
Definition
  • Definition of the novel

The oxford English Dictionary defines the novel:

‘ a fictitious prose narrative or tale of considerable length

(now usually on e long enough to fill one or more volumes)

in which characters and actions representative of the real life

of past or present times are portrayed in a plot of more

or less complexity.’

why study the novel
Why study the Novel?
  • Language model
  • Cultural model
  • Personal growth model
history of the novel
History of the novel

The 18th Century (The Rise of the novel)

  • Different reasons for the emergence of the Novel
      • Rise of literacy
      • Printing
      • Market economy
      • Secularism
      • individualism
classification of novels
Classification of novels

Classification of novels:

  • Romantic
  • realistic

Other types may include:

  • Social novels, domestic novels, historical novels
  • Political novels, satirical novels, autobiographical novels, biographical novels
types of novels continued
Types of novels (continued)
  • Picaresque novel, epistolary novel, regional novel
  • Science fiction, gothic novel, Fable, allegorical novel

Novels Can fit in more than one category/type

narrative features in the novel
Narrative features in the novel
  • Plot/events/actions
  • Characterization
  • Themes
  • Setting
  • Structure
  • Symbolism
  • Intertextuality
  • Speech and thought presentation
  • Dialogue
  • Figurative language
  • point of view
linguistic indicators
Linguistic indicators
  • Definite/indefinite references
  • Deixis
  • Schema language
  • Anaphoric/ cataphoric references
  • Social deixis

Any word can be deictic if the reader attaches meaning to it

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