novel of manners


novel of manners

A novel dominated by social customs, manners, conventions, and habits of a definite social class. In the true novel of manners the mores of a specific group, described in detail and with great accuracy, become powerful controls over characters. The novel of manners is often, although by no means always, satiric” (Source Harmon & Holmon, 354).

Examples: the novels of Jane Austen and Edith Wharton


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