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Origin of the Novel

Thoughts on the African-American Novel
Origin of the Novel (p. 977)

Use the Web sites below to complete the following activity.

Morrison traces the novel to the rise of the middle class during the Industrial Revolution. With a small group, research the origins of the novel in the 18th century. Compile a list of the early novelists, and describe the characteristics of the first novels. Present an oral report to share your findings.

18th-Century Studies http://eserver.org/ 18th/
This site contains a large collection of 18th-century writings that are available to read online.

The 18th-Century English Novel Research Guide http://miavx1.muohio.edu/ ~mandellc/ novelcl.htm
This is your guide to learning about the origins of the novel. Search for specific authors, read bibliographies, and browse lists of links to related articles.