This module will be next offered in 2022-2023.
Convenors: Prof Graeme Macdonald and Prof Paulo de Medeiros
Reading list subject to change.
For 2022-2023 assessment will be as follows:
Year 2 students: 50/50: 1 x 3000 word essay due at the start of Term 2 and 1 X 3000 word essay due at the start of Term 3.
Finalists: 40/40/20: 1X 4000-word essay due at the start of T2 + 1X 4000-word essay due at the start of T3 + 1+ Group Video essay/podcast/individual blogpost.
The Moodle Pages will have all updated information as it becomes available.
2019-2020: information can be found on Moodle hereLink opens in a new window
Convenor: Paulo de Medeiros;
The European Novel module seeks to provide an understanding of the novel form through the comparative study of works of European long fiction from the late 18th to the 20th century. It aims to explore key moments in the European history and geography of the form and the range of narrative possibilities and thematic concerns these encompass, focusing in particular on connections and differences of period, culture and nation; on the nature of narrative and the formal techniques and devices of narration; and on the issues raised by theories of narrative, comparativism, and the idea of modernity.
A note concerning editions: we don't usually prescribe specific editions for each novel, but it is advantageous to get a good scholarly copy. Oxford World’s Classics or Penguin Classics or Norton Critical Editions will provide you with excellent introductions and informative notes that will aid your understanding and enrich your reading. They are only a little pricier than some of the cheaper versions around, which you should avoid.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)
Jane Austen, Emma (1815)
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1857)
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment (1866)
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877)
Émile Zola, Germinal (1885)
Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925)
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard (1958)
Lídia Jorge, The Murmuring Coast (1988)
Assia Djebar, Algerian White (1996)
Seamus Deane, Reading in the Dark (1996)
W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz (2001)
Olga Tokarczuk, Flights (2007)
Javier Marías, Thus Bad Begins (2016)
Diana Evans, Ordinary People (2018)
Sally Rooney, Normal People (2019)
For 2019-20 assessment will be as follows:
Year 2 students: 50/50: 1 x 3000 word essay due at the end of T2 and 1 x 2-hour exam centrally scheduled
Finalists: 40/40/20: 1X 4000-word essay due at the end of T2 + 1x 2-hour exam centrally scheduled + Group Video essay/podcast/individual blogpost (scheduled across the year).
For further information, see ModuleLink opens in a new window details