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Subject details

  • Topics
    • TBC - the unit is still being developed

At the completion of this subject 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 subject content, entertain other points of view, and argue a critical position.
  • Assignment 1 - 2000 words (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - 2500 words (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - online forum (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - reflection statement (10%)

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 subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject, 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.

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