antinovel


an·ti·nov·el

noun \ˈan-tē-ˌnä-vəl, ˈan-ˌtī-\

Definition of ANTINOVEL

:  a work of fiction that lacks most or all of the traditional features of the novel
an·ti·nov·el·ist \-ˌnäv-list, -ˌnä-və-\ noun

First Known Use of ANTINOVEL

1899

Rhymes with ANTINOVEL

antinovel

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Type of avant-garde novel that departs from traditional novelistic conventions by ignoring such elements as plot, dialogue, and human interest. Seeking to overcome readers' habits and challenge their expectations, antinovelists deliberately avoid any intrusion of authorial personality, preferences, or values. Though the term was coined by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1948, the approach is at least as old as the works of the 18th-century writer Laurence Sterne. Writers of such works include Nathalie Sarraute, Claude Simon, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Uwe Johnson, and Rayner Heppenstall.

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