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[roh‐ mahn a tez]

The French term for a ‘thesis novel’, that is, a didactic novel that puts forward an argument or proposes a solution to some problem of politics, morality, or philosophy. The most celebrated example in English is Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), which powerfully urged the abolition of slavery. A more philosophical kind of thesis novel is Jean‐Paul Sartre's La Nausée (1938), which embodies many of the principles of his existentialism. See also propagandism, thesis.

Subjects: Literature.

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