What is a novel?

The novel as a literary genre is a pretty broad category. There are, of course, sub-genres such as romance and sci-fi, and it is common to even hear the term “literary novel” used by critics and writers. The novel is a type of fiction, but other than that the genre is pretty undefined which will pose a problem as technology changes the way in which novels are written, published and read.

This piece at the Financial Times adds “novel of ideas” and the “philosophical” novel to the mix of novelistic types.

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