Romance and Realism. A short history of the novel. “Romance”.
A short history of the novel
Contemporary texts are significantly affected by a series of events:
In 1957, Ian Watt publishes The Rise of the Novel, which analyzes what he perceived to be the novel’s defining characteristic— formal realism:
Watt termed this type of realism “formal” to emphasize that it did not prescribe a type of content. Formal realism refers instead to the techniques, or form, in which the narrative is presented.
The novel is—in many ways—founded in realism rather than romance. However, the two genres are not mutually exclusive, and they often blend in unexpected ways…