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.


100%: Lecture


70%: Coursework (Essay)
30%: Examination (Take away paper)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: