Definition of nouveau roman in English:

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nouveau roman

Pronunciation: /ˌno͞ovō rōˈmän/


A style of avant-garde French novel that came to prominence in the 1950s. It rejected the plot, characters, and omniscient narrator central to the traditional novel in an attempt to reflect more faithfully the sometimes random nature of experience.
Example sentences
  • In the conclusion of Reading for the Plot, Brooks anticipates the limitations of narrative theory after the nouveau roman and postmodernity ushered in new notions of plot.
  • The nouveau roman arrogated literary gravity, fell into an impoverished emotional minimalism and produced a generation of ‘novels’ that were no thicker than a box of restaurant matches.
  • And the list of generic influences - the apologia, the memoir, the road story, the nouveau roman - extends on and on.


French, literally 'new novel'.

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Syllabification: nou·veau ro·man

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