Adventure novel
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The term adventure novel was only coined in the 1870s, at around the same time in Romance medieval studies as the definition of 13th-15th century French “courtly romances,” and replacing the older term Abenteurerroman. A comparative study of the terminological history to examine subtleties and transformations in the terms used in the field of adventure literature remains to be made. In the strict sense, the term adventure today is understood above all to refer to the novel of the 19th century that belonged to the tradition of J…

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Dainat, Holger, “Adventure novel”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 16 January 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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