Literary fiction and non-fiction and 19th century texts (19th century…
Literary fiction and non-fiction and 19th century texts
Literary fiction entertains the reader
Literary fiction, such as a novel or a short story, is written to entertain. It might do this by affecting the reader's emotions, describing the atmosphere of a place, using an intriguing structure or developing personality of a character.
All literary fiction has a narrator. It's most often either a first-person or third-person narrator.
Literary non-fiction fiction is entertaining, but factual
Non-fiction texts, such as biographies, autobiographies and travel writing will often be written in a similar style to literary fiction.
They are written to inform the reader about something, but the writer uses a literary style to make it entertaining too. For example, they might use descriptive language and dialogue to make the information more interesting to the reader.
Literary non-fiction texts use literary styles and techniques, but they are based on facts and real events.
Literary non-fiction id is almost always written in first person which adds a sense of personality to the text, helping to engage the reader.
19th century society was different from today
Throughout the 19th century the Industrial Revolution was creating opportunities for more people to make more money.
This meant that middle classes grew in number and influence throughput the country.
Early 19th century society was divided between the rich upper classes and the poorer working classes.
In the early 19th century, few children went to school. Children from poor families often worked to help support their families instead.
in the late 19th century education reforms made school compulsory for all young children.
Rich families often sent their children to boarding school, or they hired a governess to live with the family and teach the children at home.
It will help you to compare the viewpoints and perspectives from different time periods.
After they got married, most women were expected to be in charge of looking after the home and the children.
Women didn't have as many rights to marry as men- they couldn't vote in elections and they often didn't control their own money and property.
Knowing about 19th century society will help you understand the text better in the exam.
19th century writing is often quite formal
A lot of the texts will use a more formal register than modern writing, even if the audience is quite familiar .
The sentences may be quite long and the word order in sentences can sometimes be different to modern texts. Try not to worry about this- just re-read any sentences you can't make sense of first
19th-century texts can sound quite different to more modern texts, but you should still be able to understand what's going on.