1. Historical facts


III. Literary sources of the English novel



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III. Literary sources of the English novel


A/ of foreign origin: -Spanish picaresque novel (16th century) giving the series of episodes from a life of a ’picaro’ (rogue) eg. Cervantes, Don Quixote

-French prose romance from 17th century: spectacular without reality

- Italian ’novella’ from the Renaissance (eg, Boccaccio): lifelike stories
B/ within the English tradition: allegorical prose (medieval and contemporary); biographies or autobiographies (diaries, memoires, letters); travel books and periodical essays

Handout 9: The Novel I. Daniel Defoe
IV. The rise of the novel

-- middle-class reading public, modern social relationships, greater individual and social self-consciousness, examination of human personality, conversational style, common hero






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