Types of Novel- Are you looking for the meaning of Novel? Have you heard of the term 'Novel' in English literature? Are you wondering about the types of Novel in English literature? then you are in the right place. English literature is full of various genres and literary works by different writes, novelist,poets, critics etc. 

Here you will get the type of novels and their meaning. Also we have a collection of novels which you can read.

Novels In English Literature

The term 'Novel' refers to a fictitious prose narrative or tale of lengthy plot which paresents a picture series of real or imaginary life. It is longer and much more elaborate than a short story.

The world 'novella' was applied by Boccaccio for his tales written in the 14th century in Italy. The novel became very popular in the second half of the 18th century.


Types of Novel in English Literature

  1. The Gothic Novel
  2. An Epistolary Novel
  3. The Picaresque Novel
  4. The Domestic Novel
  5. The Psychological Novel
  6. Mysteries Novel
  7. Romances Novel
  8. Science Fiction Novel
  9. Fantasy Novel
  10. Thriller Novel
1- The Gothic Novel

The Gothic novel are also called horror novels. They were developed in the second half of the 18th century.

2- An Epistolary Novel

An epistolary novel is a novel in which the plot of the novel develops through the medium of letters. The best example is 'Pamela' by Richardson.

3-The Picaresque Novel

In this novel the hero is a rough or a bad character who comes across a number of characters equally bad during his wandering from place to place. 'IOM jones' by Henry Fielding is a good example of it.

4- The Domestic Novel

This novel presents the day to day life of a middle class family and its relations with friends and neighbor. Jane Austen's novel are domestic novels.

5-The Psychology

This novel is the most modern novel. Some of these novel are also called as ' Stream of Consciousness' novel.

Some Famous Novels

  • Uopia- Thomas Moore
  • Amelia- Henry Fielding
  • Ivanhoe- Sir Walter Scott
  • Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  • Pickwick Papers- Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
  • Silas Mariner- George Eliot
  • The Jungal Book- Rudyard Kipling

Types of Novel in English Literature PDF



Types of Novel in English Literature PDF