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The English Novel

ENGLISH 201

Period/genre studies: The english novel

(EngL201P2)

Lecturers: Prof. M.Z. Malaba (OMB 133)
To be Announced
Offered: Second semester only
Format:
4 lectures per week
Enrolment:
50 places
Venue:
To Be Announced
Description

The aim of this module is to enable students to explore the growth and development of the English novel. The focus will be on the ‘realist’ tradition. The texts studied will cover a range of periods. Beginning with the picaresque novel, a study of a novel from the ‘Augustan’ period and a contemporary novel.

Assessment

The class record, made up of essays and assignments, will count for 50% of the final mark, and there will be a final three hour exam which will account for the remaining 50% of the total mark.

Prescribed texts

Daniel Defoe  Moll Flanders
Penguin
Jane Austen 
Pride and Prejudice
Penguin
Thomas Hardy
Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Penguin
Charles Dickens
Great Expectations Penguin
Zadie Smith 
White Teeth
Vintage


Who is this module for?
This is an introduction to the growth and development of the English novel, from its genesis in the picaresque genre to its sophisticated form in Jane Austen’s novel. We will also study some contemporary examples that illustrate the versatility of the form. It will assist potential English teachers. Prior completion of English 101 and 102 is advisable.

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