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  1. Roman à clef Raw-mah na kle Yun Ru Phua AP Lit

  2. Imagine…

  3. Definition: Roman à clef • “Very sexy French literary phrase” • Meaning “novel with a key” • A narrative that represents actual people and/or real events in the form of fiction • “Fictional guise” • If readers are stupid, the “key” will be published

  4. "The story you are about to hear/see is true. Only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent.“ - Dragnet

  5. First appearance of Roman à clef • Medieval poetry • Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer

  6. Techniques • Fictional setting • Made-up names Vs. • Characteristic manners or traits • Obvious similarities in plot • Epigraph

  7. Purpose • Satirize • Criticize • Powerful people • Discuss controversies • Reveal scandals without libel • Autobiography • Avoid incriminations

  8. Examples • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee • On The Road by Jack Kerouac

  9. Surprise, surprise! • Another example of Roman à clef is….. • The Picture of Dorian Gray! • “However, in this case the "key" is not that it's based on specific people, but that it's about homosexuality.” – TV Tropes

  10. Practice • Which of the following is NOT a roman à clef ? • What event does each refer to?