Undergraduate | LTU-ENG2NAA | 2024
The Incredible True Story of The Novel
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The Incredible True Story of The Novel
About this subject
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Articulate an understanding of novelistic realism and its relationship to social and political context in written and verbal forms.
- Demonstrate familiarity with critical and theoretical debates about the novel.
- Formulate reasoned and substantiated arguments about a number of texts.
- Synthesise knowledge about a broad range of novels in different genres and from different periods.
- Use and understand the history of the novel in formulating responses to individual texts.
- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
- Jane Austen and the Marriage Plot
- Great Expectations and Victorian “realism”
- To the Lighthouse
- Hauntings in Beloved
This subject is about the volatile relationship between the ever-shifting form of the novel and modernity. Beginning in the age of #booktok and Goodreads, students will explore how the 21st-century novel is shaped by larger questions about identity, belonging, the literary marketplace and the history of the novel itself. Working backwards through time to the novel-reading boom of the eighteenth century, we investigate how novels have been sites of experimentation and transformation from the genre's beginnings. Students will hone their skills in textual criticism, their understanding of literary history and theory, and their critical engagement with the role of historical, political and cultural context in making a novel's meaning. Students completing this subject will encounter a range of novels from a range of literary periods, and will develop an understanding of how the genre has mutated over time. By closely analysing how authors from different cultural moments have represented and changed the worlds they live in, this subject will enrich students' understanding of how writing, critical reading and literary analysis are part of global citizenship.
This is a level 2 subject. Please consider the subject pre-requisites before enrolling. This subject includes live sessions with the expectation of student attendance and participation.
- Textual analysis (1000 words) Close analysis of a passage selection. (25%)
- Research essay (2000 words) Research essay comparing two novels. (50%)
- Oral presentation (1000 words equivalent) Critical appraisal of a secondary source to be delivered in class or uploaded to LMS as a video or podcast. Written script to be submitted for assessment. (25%)
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Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 30 credit points of Level one subjects.
No additional requirements
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses
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