GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) English History of English Literature Study Material (Page 9 of 26)

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Major Movements of Twentieth Century: Modern Fiction and Modernist Drama


Modern Fiction

The modern novel from 1900 to the present can broadly be divided into three periods:

  • The First Period extending from 1900 to the 1918, includes such prominent novelists as Henry James, George Gissing, George Moore, Rudyard Kipling Arnold Bennet, John Galsworthy, Samuel Butler, H. G. Wells and Joseph Conrad these novelists follow the Victorian tradition of the novel, though newer trends are also visible.
  • The Second Period

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Chivalric Romance: Concept, Characteristics



  • This is genre of high literature that flourished in medieval and Early Modern Europe. It was popular amongst the aristocratic classes. The chivalric romance was composed in the form of a prose or verse narrative. It dealt with a knight hero on a quest to prove his virtue and/or win over his lady love. The romance described a series of fantastic adventures undergone by the protagonist in his quest. Our modern conception of “medieval times” is derived from the chivalric romance. This genre featured romantic tropes such as knights in shining armour, damsels in distress, dragons etc. which have become synony…

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