Narrative and the Novel - 2018

Unit summary

ENGX303

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - 2000 words (30%) , Essay 2 - 2500 words (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00
This unit explores narrative technique in the novel. We will study recent theories of how narratives work and apply these ideas to the interpretation of novels with apparently different aims and strategies, including realism, experimentation with form, and the use of the genre as a vehicle for social commentary or humour. Particular attention will be paid to reconceptualisations of the genre, and different theories accounting for the construction of meaning in narrative. In this unit, students will learn advanced textual analysis and critical practice, including how to interpret and describe the way time and pace are managed; the representation of character and agency; the presentation of consciousness and memory; subjectivity; metafiction; and style and rhetoric in prose fiction.
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate advanced critical practices relating to interpretation, textual analysis and academic writing
  2. Describe the way pace and focalisation are managed; character and agency presented; consciousness represented; and style and rhetoric used in novels
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the novel in its social context
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of narrative theory, including genre theory, advanced research techniques, and familiarity with published scholarship in the field
  5. Engage in informed critical discussion with others on unit content, entertain other points of view, and argue a critical position.
  • Essay 1 — 2000 words (30%)
  • Essay 2 — 2500 words (40%)
  • Participation — online forum (20%)
  • Reflective Task — reflection statement (10%)

ENGX120 and two ENGX units at 200 level or above

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