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The Case of the Novel

  • Josephine Donovan

Abstract

The novel, a genre that has dominated Western prose fiction for more than two centuries, is a unique literary form that has its own distinguishing properties. Specifying what they are is not an easy task, however. One way is to contrast it with earlier literary forms, in particular the epic, a classical genre (which was revived in the medieval period), and the romance, a medieval form.

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Moral Sentiment Literary Form Woman Writer Moral Sensitivity Ethical Knowledge 
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