Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

The Novel

Module Q3060

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module will explore the complex history of the novel as a form, examining the novel from the seventeenth century to the modern period. The aim of the module is to describe the development of different traditions of novel writing, examine innovations to the novel as a form made since the seventeenth century, place the English novel in the context of the European novel, and introduce you to a range of important discussions about the novel as a genre, its audiences, its cultural function and its relation to the social world. Novelists discussed will include Aphra Behn, Madame de Lafayette, Defoe, Dickens, Flaubert, Henry James, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Marcel Proust.

At the end of the module, successful participants will be able to display an understanding of and apply the concept of genre in literary analysis; think creatively and critically about the ways in which specific generic conventions have been used in the novels they are reading; synthesise formal, cultural and historical levels of analysis.

This module will provide you with a foundation for your work on the novel as a form in your period modules in years 2 and 3 and for the novelists in the Special Author module in year 3.

The module is supported by a module reader and a module pack.

Module learning outcomes

Display an understanding of and apply the concept of genre in literary analysis.

Think creatively and critically about the ways in which specific generic conventions have been used in the novels they have read.

Synthesise formal, cultural and historical levels of analysis.

TypeTimingWeighting
Take Away paper (2500 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 3 Wed 16:0060.00%
Coursework40.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PresentationT2 Week 11 (10 minutes)25.00%
EssayT2 Week 8 75.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/9100

Miss Trudy Cadman

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/290007

Dr Emma Newport

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/399558

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/308365

Dr Jessica Allsop

Convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/429162

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