Literature v5

The rise of the novel
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The rise of the novel

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How do you think the novel started to rise in popularity?

Slide 2 - Open question

The novel
  • Evolved from the prose fiction of the 18th century
  • 15th century -> The invention of the printing press
  • 1620 -> newspapers
  • 1695 -> end of state censorship

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What effect do you think the end of state censorship had?

Slide 4 - Open question

The novel
  • Before the end of state censorship every news article had to agree with the general ideas of the church and state
  • After there was freedom in what you could write and thus read
  • Newspapers grew in popularity
  • Readers were not only the rich anymore, the general public would also spent their time reading 

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The Novel
  • The public and the newspaper influenced each other 
  • The public got used to reading prose
  • The newspaper had to adapt to keep all of their new readers interested
  • Together this created a simple logical prose style -> which was very characteristic of 18th century writing

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The Novel
  • This development created a reader for The Novel 
  • Closely connected to the emergence of the middle class public
  • Trade and commerce, cities, middle class merchants and tradesmen

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When you read a book, do you like to recognise yourself in the characters you read about?
I don't really mind either way

Slide 8 - Poll

The Novel
  • The middle class did not want to read poetry
  • They wanted to read "true stories" -> so they could recognise themselves
  • Novelists like Defoe, Richardson and Fielding presented their fictional works as fact
  • There was faith in the reader to be able to find the truth themselves

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The Novel
  • This age was known as the age of Reason/age of Enlightenment 
  • Reason and knowledge were expected to contribute to general human progress
  • Newspapers and Books helped spread ideas, not just in England but also Europe and America

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Read #4 
Do you understand all the terms and events described?

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