ENG2101 - Exploring English Novels

Year of Study:1 or 2
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
The module aims to survey a cross-section of English fiction. Students will be introduced to the relevant aesthetic and generic strategies for studying the transformation of the novelistic traditions. This module sets out to reveal the thematic concerns and narrative modes of literary work in the history of modern prose novel, following roughly a chronological order, from the development of realist novel to the rise of women writers. Through an intensive study of a wide range of selected texts, students will consider such material and relate it to the context in the light of the social and political changes in the period. The ultimate goal of this module is to help students build a solid foundation in their subject knowledge and prepare them for their exploration and integration of the wide variety of modules in the four components in the English Study Area.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a basic knowledge and ability to identify and distinguish formal aspects as well as the literary, political and cultural contexts for the selected fiction and to apply the knowledge to interpretation of it;

  2. acquire a basic awareness of the range of fictional texts and the nature of novelistic traditions and to relate them to their historical context in order to understand the intersecting impulses and priorities characteristic of any given period;

  3. demonstrate a capacity to identify, discuss and apply relevant critical and theoretical concepts and terms, and to relate them to their appropriate historical and literary-historical contexts;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating a sustained and informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material in a wider cultural and intellectual context.