Literature and Novels

Literature and Novels

Literature and NovelsAs mentioned before on the about us section, on this web page the reader will be able to find diverse information and different literary critical approaches to works of literature by many contemporary writers. Today, these texts are considered to be a part of the cultural heritage of America and the UK and they also constitute a small part of the literary canon of contemporary literature written in English as a whole.

The various texts that will be commented and referred to in the following pages and posts include, among others, works written by people such as Toni Morrison, JD Salinger, Scott Fitzgerald, Ken Kesey, Carson McCuller, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens etc.

But what exactly distinguishes novels and sets them apart from other types of literature?

Novels usually have the characteristic that they give the writer the freedom to portray and interweave different elements with a complex narrative. Therefore, novels also provide the author with the opportunity to introduce stories within stories (referred to as framed narrative) and even explore the complexity of human nature and establish characters with deep, myriad personalities, (known as three-dimensional characters). A novel even gives the author the opportunity to manipulate timelines and alter the chronological order. For example, one can portray the events and development of a story or plot line in a way that it will have an inverted chronological order. The author may very well start with the events that occur later in time and finish the novel by going “back in time” and relating events that occurred prior to the rest of the plot.

In other words, novels can attain a certain depth difficult to reach with other types of literary texts. In the following pages, the reader will be able to find a list of contemporary novels and even a shorter story or novella, as well as a small summary and comments on different aspects such as narrative style etc.