Melodrama and Narrative Fiction: Towards a Typology

Straub, Julia (2014). Melodrama and Narrative Fiction: Towards a Typology. Anglia - journal of English philology / Zeitschrift für englische Philologie, 132(2), pp. 225-241. De Gruyter 10.1515/ang-2014-0027

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Recent research on melodrama has stressed its versatility and ubiquity by approaching it as a mode of expression rather than a theatrical genre. A variety of contexts in which melodrama is at work have been explored, but only little scholarly attention has been paid to the relationship between melodrama and novels, short stories and novellas. This article proposes a typology of melodrama in narrative prose fiction, examining four different categories: Melodrama and Sentimentalism, Depiction of Melodramatic Performances in Narrative Prose Fiction, Theatrical Antics and Aesthetics in Narrative Prose Fiction and Meta-Melodrama. Its aim is to clarify the ways in which melodrama, ever since its early days on the stages of late eighteenth-century Europe, has interacted with fictional prose narratives, thereby shaping the literary imagination in the Anglophone world.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > American Studies
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Modern English Literature
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Literary Theory

UniBE Contributor:

Straub, Julia

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 810 American literature in English

ISSN:

0340-5222

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Julia Regina Straub

Date Deposited:

13 Feb 2015 13:22

Last Modified:

27 Aug 2018 15:08

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/ang-2014-0027

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.62044

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/62044

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