The Novel (Q3314)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module offers an introduction to the history and theory of the novel in English from 1700 to 1900. Authors studied may include Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, Mary Prince, Aphra Behn, Jane Austen, George Eliot, and others. You will be introduced to a selection of the major formal, historical, and theoretical questions posed by the novel form, which may include key ideas in narrative theory, the relationship between the novel and modernity, and the reasons that the novel has often been seen as the privileged form through which to represent social life.


100%: Lecture


70%: Coursework (Essay)
30%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.