Analysing Narrative Fiction - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit continues the works of LCS22 Understanding Narrative Fiction  in developing your ability to study fiction (in the form of novels and short stories) through practising some of the key tools, concepts and approaches of narrative analysis. The two content modules, 'Modernism' and 'Beyond Modernism', provide an overview of key developments in prose fiction since the  early twentieth century. The final assessment item, a research essay, requires you to undertake an extended piece of writing about literature.

At the completion of this unit you will:

  1. have confidence and skill in using a range of technical tools and concepts to analyse novels and short stories
  2. construct effective arguments about literary texts
  3. write clearly, perceptively and fluently about literary texts
  4. undertake research on literary topics
  5. undertake advanced work in literary studies with confidence in their disciplinary grounding
  6. appreciate reading fiction as an imaginative, life-enhancing experience.

Together with Narrative Fiction A, this unit makes a significant contribution to lifelong learning.

  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Research Essay (40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Working with case studies
2Writing about literature

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Mrs Dalloway


    ISBN: 9780141182490


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  • Bloody Chamber (Vintage Classic)

    By:Angela Carter & Helen Simpson

    ISBN: 9780099588115


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  • The Great Gatsby

    By:F. Scott Fitzgerald

    ISBN: 9780141182636


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  • Atonement (Vintage Classic)

    By:Ian McEwan

    ISBN: 9780099429791


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  • Death In Venice And Other Stories (Vintage Classic)

    By:Thomas Mann

    ISBN: 9780099428657


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