English and drama

The Novel

Module code: Q3060
Level 5
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Take away paper, Coursework

This module explores the complex history of the novel as a form, from the 17th 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 17th 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 functions and its relation to the social world. Novelists discussed will include Aphra Behn, Madame de Lafayette, Daniel Defoe, Johann Goethe, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Marcel Proust. At the end of the module, you will be able to  understand 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 you are reading; and synthesise formal, cultural and historical levels of analysis.

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.