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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