Novel Theory (Q3312)
30 credits, Level 6
This module examines the theory of the Eurocentric novel (that is, the European novel as well as non-European novels that are invested in it, e.g. the colonial/postcolonial novel) between 1700 and 2000, with special attention to historicist and materialist approaches. The module is intended to provide you with advanced theoretical tools for understanding the novel as a literary form and for examining the kinds of literary questions that arise in relation to the novel.
Topics covered may include narratology, genre theory, problems in literary history and scale, and literary realisms. Theorists studied may include Walter Benjamin, György Lukács, Fredric Jameson, Edward Said, Nancy Armstrong, Simon Gikandi, and Deidre Lynch. It is recommended, but not required, that you will have taken The Novel in Year 2.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- American Studies and English (with a study abroad year) BA
- Drama and English (with a study abroad year) BA
- Drama and English BA
- English (with a study abroad year) BA
- English BA
- English Language and Literature (with a study abroad year) BA
- English Language and Literature BA
- English and Art History (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and Art History BA
- English and Film Studies BA
- English and History (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and History BA
- English and Media Studies (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and Media Studies BA
- Philosophy and English BA