• Unit 4: The Development of the Novel and its Various Forms

    Just as the short story emerged as a new literary form due to cultural, social, and economic changes, the novel moved from being regarded as sub-literary to being the most popular form by the end of the era. Works by writers such as Hawthorne continue to stand among the greatest novels in world history, while those by authors such as George Thompson and Fanny Fern gained unprecedented popularity by mining sensational and sentimental subgenres. In this unit, you will learn about the genre of the novel as it rose in popularity during the American Renaissance. 

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 24 hours.

    • 4.1: The Establishment of American Publishers and the Passage of Copyright Laws

    • 4.2: The Rise of Literacy and Public Education in the Young Republic

    • 4.3: The Popularity of the Novel

    • 4.4: The Romance and Nathaniel Hawthorne

    • 4.5: Sensationalism

    • 4.6: Sentimentalism

    • Unit 4 Assessment