Course 2—Lecture - 4

LitCourse 2
The Novel: A mirror of the world


How the Novel Got Its Groove

Romances continued to flourish into the 14th-16th centuries. (Think Le Morte de' Arthur or Beowulf.)

Form: poetic, moving gradually toward prose.
Plot: unrealistic, filled with coincidences and sudden interventions.
Structure: separate, loosely related episodes.
Characters: heroic warriors, villains, and damsels; flat, one-dimensional.

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