Elif Batuman discussing how Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence is just as relevant now as when it was written defines a novel this way-

“The novel is a constantly evolving technology, always finding ways to convey more reality, to articulate more truths, to identify new equivalences. Underlying this project is the optimistic belief that seeing the world more clearly can make individuals more free, and societies more just.”

This is one of the many reasons I think reading outside your era is so beneficial. Other time periods have a lot to say about the era you are living in if you are willing to listen.