[Ads-l] What is a NOVEL?

David Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Mon Jul 9 15:04:05 EDT 2018


Based on how my students use the word, "novel" is synonymous with "book." Fiction or non-fiction doesn't matter.

I've yet to see them use the word to be synonymous with a short poem, but some do call "Beowulf" a "novel."



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Hey, Mark, I warned about just this development years ago, with many gratuitous updates!

And it ain't restricted to fiction!

JL

On Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 8:26 AM Mark Mandel <mark.a.mandel at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've read somewhere that the use of "novel" is spreading out, like 
> soup spilled on a tablecloth, to include any kind of fiction. Bleah!
>
> Mark Mandel
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> On Jul 9, 2018 3:28 AM, "Charles C Doyle" <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:
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> A website called "shortlist.com" lists among "the 30 greatest war 
> novels of all time" Shakespeare's _Henry VI_ (the trilogy, 
> apparently).
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> --Charlie
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