The Augustan age and the novel. ANTONIO SAGGIOMO E VINCENZO CONTALDI (IVB). What does it mean?.
The Augustan age and the novel
ANTONIO SAGGIOMO E VINCENZO CONTALDI (IVB)
What is it?
The most profoundly innovative genre in 18th century literature was the novel. The novel is a fictitious prose narrative or tale presenting a picture of real life. The novel`s readers mostly came from the ranks of the commercial and mercantile middle class, whose outlook was practical and realistic. It demanded original stories relating ordinary experience. The modern idea of realism is reflected in the fact that novels deal whit recognizably contemporary objects, language and situations, and not whit extraordinary, fantastic or magical events told in highly-refined language. The language of the novel also reflect this realistic trend: it is plain and factual.
The characters may be stereotyped or realistic, more like real people.
Causes of novel`s rise
There are several reason that cause the novel`s rise:
Effects of novel`s rise on the society
Novel`s rebirth caused some effects on the society during the Augustan age but the principal was people`s life changing. The man has always needed to improve himself, not only physically, but specially mentally because life asked him. So people wanted to read real stories which reflected their life, their social position because they searched models to follow. They wished to pursue the truth, to escape from a caotic life, to became independent from the tradition of past so they wished to enrich their own culture reading these tales. For example women realized this because, thanks this devotion to read novels, they were free from the prison of domesticity (and often from the prison of marriage).