Monday, 20 April 2015

Getting Novels My View

I didn't mean the novel was so free as to be the same as prose fiction. There are some internal peculiarities. A good delimitation is this: “[The novel] is a distinctive (and then quite innovative) kind of prose fiction — featuring a concern with subjectivity and the consciousness of ordinary people, ordinary language, and everyday contemporary events — that emerged in Europe at various points in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and that began to dominate the popular market in England in the early eighteenth century.” The definition is by J. Paul Hunter, in “Gulliver’s Travels and the later writings”. You see then that the novel, as it came into being, was very different from the fantastic adventures of knight errants or mythological heroes, who were also present in prose fiction.

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