romance


romance

“The term romance has had special meanings as a kind of fiction since the early years of the novel … In common usage, it refers to works with extravagant characters, remote and exotic places, highly exciting and heroic events, passionate love, or mysterious or supernatural experiences. In another and more sophisticated sense, romance refers to works relatively free of the more restrictive aspects of realistic verisimilitude … In America particularly, the romance has proved to be a serious, flexible, and successful medium for the exploration of philosophical ideas and attitudes, ranging through such differeing works as Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Melville’s Moby-Dick, Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, and Warren’s World Enough and Time” (Source: Harmon & Holman,  450).


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