Understanding Narrative Fiction - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

LCS22 is organised into three modules. The first equips you with the key tools and concepts of narrative analysis, and shows you how to employ these tools in the analysis of short stories. The second module explains the features of style, form and subject matter which characterise literary realism, the single most important influence on the development of the novel. The final module provides examples of the ways in which the novel had evolved by the end of the nineteenth century.

At the completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. use a range of technical tools to analyse novels and short stories
  2. understand and discuss how works of fiction generate meaning, and communicate ideas and emotions to readers
  3. understand different types of fiction in their historical contexts
  4. write clearly, perceptively and fluently about literary texts
  5. undertake more advanced courses in literary studies
  6. appreciate reading fiction as an imaginative, life-enhancing experience.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take Home Exam (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Studying fiction: tools of narrative analysis
2Realism and the novel
3Two novellas

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

  • Heart Of Darkness


    ISBN: 9780141441672


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  • Old Goriot

    By:Balzac Honore de

    ISBN: 9780140449723


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  • The Awakening

    By:Chopin, Kate

    ISBN: 9781782117131


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