The Novel (Q3314)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn 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.

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 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: