social novel

literary genre

The social novel, also known as the social problem (or social protest) novel, is a "work of fiction in which a prevailing social problem, such as gender, race, or class prejudice, is dramatized through its effect on the characters of a novel". More specific examples of social problems that are addressed in such works include poverty, conditions in factories and mines, the plight of child labor, violence against women, rising criminality, and epidemics because of over-crowding, and poor sanitation in cities.Terms like thesis novel, propaganda novel, industrial novel, working-class novel and problem novel are also used to describe this type of novel; a recent development in this genre is the young adult problem novel. It is also referred to as the sociological novel. The social protest novel is a form of social novel which places an emphasis on the idea of social change, while the proletarian novel is a political form of the social protest novel which may emphasize revolution. While early examples are found in 18th century England, social novels have been written throughout Europe and the United States.
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genre: social novel

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Series

The Child

book by Jules Vallès

author: Jules Vallès

1878

Le Bachelier

book by Jules Vallès

author: Jules Vallès

1881

L'Insurgé

book by Jules Vallès

author: Jules Vallès

1886

To Kill a Mockingbird

novel by Harper Lee

author: Harper Lee

1960

A Tale of Two Cities

novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1859

author: Charles Dickens
illustrator: Hablot Knight Browne

1859

The Child

book by Jules Vallès

author: Jules Vallès

1878

Invisible Man

novel by Ralph Ellison published 1952

author: Ralph Ellison

1952

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