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Novels of manners


  • Realistic fiction that describes in detail the customs, habits, values, and expectations of a particular society.

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  • Form

    • Novels of manners
  • Variants

    • Manners, Novels of
    • Regency fiction
  • Broader Terms

    • Novels
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    • found: Britannica online academic edition, Nov. 11, 2012(novel of manners: work of fiction that re-creates a social world, conveying with finely detailed observation the customs, values, and mores of a highly developed and complex society; the conventions of the society dominate the story, and characters are differentiated by the degree to which they measure up to the uniform standard, or ideal, of behaviour or fall below it; notable writers of the novel of manners from the end of the 19th century into the 20th include Henry James, Evelyn Waugh, Edith Wharton, and John Marquand)
    • found: Wheeler, K. Literary terms and definitions, via WWW, Nov. 12, 2012(novel of manners: a novel that describes in detail the customs, behaviors, habits, and expectations of a certain social group at a specific time and place; usually these conventions shape the behavior of the main characters, and sometimes even stifle or repress them; often the novel of manners is satiric, and it is always realistic in depiction)
    • found: Quinn, E. A dictionary of literary and thematic terms, c1999(novel of manners. A type of novel in which the social conventions of a given society--its speech, habits, and values--play significant roles. The American version of the form is best exemplified in the novels of Henry James and Edith Wharton)
    • found: Abrams, M. A glossary of literary terms, c1999:p. 192 (If, as in the writings of Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and John P. Marquand, a realistic novel focuses on the customs, conversation, and ways of thinking and valuing of a particular social class, it is often called a novel of manners.)
    • found: Work cat.: Heyer, G. Cotillion, 1953(a regency novel)
    • found: Kloester, Jennifer. Georgette Heyer, 2013, via Google books, viewed Mar. 26, 2019:Georgette Heyer's novels (Cotillion, 1953, [genre] Regency)
    • found: Women writers of Great Britain and Europe, 2013, via Google books, viewed Mar. 26, 2019(Georgette Heyer, 1902-1974; she is best known for her Regency novels; she "writes ... historical novels, set in Regency England, in which people never lose their lives, their virtue, or even their tempers"; Regency romances)
    • found: The Oxford companion to twentieth-century literature in English, 1996(under romantic fiction: Romances with a historical setting, such as the Regency novels of Georgette Heyer; under Heyer, Georgette: British writer of historical novels and detective stories; she was an expert on the Regency period; The most popular of her Regency romances include Devil's Cub (1934), Regency Buck (1935), Faro's Daughter (1941), Venetia (1958), and Lady of Quality (1972))
    • found: Goodreads website, Mar. 26, 2019:Genres > Historical > Regency (Regency literature is generally set during the period of the English Regency or early 19th century. Rather than simply being versions of contemporary stories transported to a historical setting, Regency novels are a distinct genre with their own plot and stylistic conventions that derive from the works of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and from the fiction genre known as the novel of manners. In particular, most Regencies feature a great deal of intelligent, fast-paced dialog between the protagonists and (traditionally) very little explicit sex or discussion of sex. Other common elements of Regency romances include mystery or farce elements in the plot; references to the Ton (le bon ton); a secondary romance between another couple in addition to the more serious story involving the main protagonists; mistaken identity (deliberate or otherwise); false engagements; marriages of convenience; depictions of activities common during the social season such as balls, routs, carriage riding, theatre events, fittings, suppers, assemblies, etc.; references to, or descriptions of, leisure activities engaged in by fashionable young men of the period, including riding, driving, boxing, gambling, fencing, shooting, etc.)
    • found: Moore, H. Several LDS authors pen Regency romance novels, in Deseret news, July 2, 2012, viewed online Mar. 26, 2019(Regency romance novel; Regencies; Regency novels; Regency romances; the Regency genre; Regencies, which are typically set in the early 1800s in England, are known for their humor, for their heroines who battle against "stiff judgments" of an upper-crust society, and for characters and plot that operate within a strict societal structure; Regencies emphasize themes such as love and values and family--not stressing over things we can't control--which translates to money and titles and property in the Regency world)
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    • Realistic fiction that describes in detail the customs, habits, values, and expectations of a particular society.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2019-06-17: revised
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