THE HISTORY OF THE NOVEL

ENG2NAA

2020

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

In this subject you will explore the connections between the novel and modernity. Following the novel from its invention in the 18th century, this subject will investigate how novels have been sites of experimentation from the genre's beginnings right up to the present moment, and we will analyse the ways in which the genre understands itself as being "novel" (that is, new) in terms of its engagement with social and cultural change. Students will hone their understanding of textual analysis, literary history and the role of structure and historical and political 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 the way in which the genre has developed 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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlexis Harley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites At least 30 first year credit points.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This is the second-year core subject for an English Major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsOroonoko, and Other WritingsPrescribedBehn, AphraOxford World's Classics
ReadingsThe Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, GentlemanPrescribedSterne, LaurenceW. W. Norton & co.
ReadingsSense and SensibilityPrescribedAusten, Jane.W. W. Norton & co.
ReadingsGreat ExpectationsPrescribedDickens, CharlesW. W. Norton & co.
ReadingsTo the LighthousePrescribedWoolf, VirginiaPenguin Modern Classics
ReadingsAlias GracePrescribedAtwood, MargaretVirago
N/AN/APrescribedN/AN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Articulate an understanding of novelistic realism and its relationship to social and political context in written and verbal forms.

Activities:
These skills will be taught and practised in lectures and seminars, and modelled in secondary resources. Students will further practise them by writing a clear, well-organized and proof-read essay and by devising and delivering an oral presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate familiarity with critical and theoretical debates about the novel.

Activities:
Seminars, lectures, secondary readings will hone these skills - which will be demonstrated in the oral presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Formulate reasoned and substantiated arguments about a number of texts.

Activities:
These skills will be modelled and taught in lectures, online workshops, seminars, secondary readings, and will be demonstrated in the final comparative essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Synthesise knowledge about a broad range of novels in different genres and from different periods.

Activities:
This knowledge will be acquired through lectures, tutorials, online workshops, and primary and secondary readings, and demonstrated in the final comparative essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Use and understand the history of the novel in formulating responses to individual texts.

Activities:
This will be the focus of every week's seminar, and will be practised in the first short-answer assignment and rehearsed in subsequent assignments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Albury-Wodonga, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlexis Harley

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class every two weeks on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Textual analysis (1000 words)Close analysis of a passage selection.25 01, 05
Research essay (2000 words)Research essay comparing two novels.50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
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 01, 02, 05

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlexis Harley

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class every two weeks on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Textual analysis (1000 words)Close analysis of a passage selection.25 01, 05
Research essay (2000 words)Research essay comparing two novels.50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
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 01, 02, 05

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlexis Harley

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class every two weeks on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Textual analysis (1000 words)Close analysis of a passage selection.25 01, 05
Research essay (2000 words)Research essay comparing two novels.50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
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 01, 02, 05

Mildura, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlexis Harley

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class every two weeks on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Textual analysis (1000 words)Close analysis of a passage selection.25 01, 05
Research essay (2000 words)Research essay comparing two novels.50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
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 01, 02, 05

Shepparton, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlexis Harley

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class every two weeks on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Textual analysis (1000 words)Close analysis of a passage selection.25 01, 05
Research essay (2000 words)Research essay comparing two novels.50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
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 01, 02, 05