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CX249 - The Origins of the Modern Novel

  • Module code: CX249
  • Module name: The Origins of the Modern Novel
  • Department: Classics and Ancient History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This course will consider the emergence of fictional prose narrative from older verse forms, which led to the mixture of genres and styles known as the 'modern novel'.

Principal learning outcomes

The course aims to have a broad appeal, with the following objectives: To increase students' appreciation of the authors, periods and genres studied; To help students studying modern European literatures to see for themselves the links between ancient and modern literary genres and forms of narrative; To show the importance of broader cultural and historical concerns on the evolution of literary form.

Timetabled teaching activities

One lecture and one seminar per week

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: CX249-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 25%
Assessed Course Work 25%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Italian and Classics (RQ38) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (Part-Time) (VV17) - Year 2