Novel of manners
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The novel of manners is a sub-genre of the realist novel which deals with aspects of behavior, language, customs and values characteristic of a particular class of people in a specific historical context. The novel of manners often shows a conflict between individual aspirations or desires and the accepted social codes of behavior.
Well known examples of the novel of manners include:
- Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion
- Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Villette
- Henry Mackenzie's The Man of Feeling
- William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair
- Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust
- Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth
- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.