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date: 18 May 2021

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This article examines homiletic identification, forms of interactive narrative, and the conception of the novel as board game in the U.S.A. during the nineteenth century. It suggests that the success that many homiletic novels enjoyed among religious and secular communities highlights the degree to which allegedly anachronistic allegorical modes of understanding temporal and material details and events continue to structure supposedly secular reading practices. The article also discusses several homiletic novels including Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur.

Keywords: homiletic novels, interactive narrative, U.S.A., religious communities, secular communities, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur

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