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Adventure novel
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The term adventure novel was only coined in the 1870s, at around the same time in Romance medieval studies as the definition of 13th-15th century French “courtly romances,” and replacing the older term Abenteurerroman. A comparative study of the terminological history to examine subtleties and transformations in the terms used in the field of adventure literature remains to be made. In the strict sense, the term adventure today is understood above all to refer to the novel of the 19th century that belonged to the tradition of James Fenimore Cooper, Alexandre Dumas, Eug…

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Dainat, Holger, “Adventure novel”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016530>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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