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EN265 - The Global Novel: Narrative from a World Perspective

  • Module code: EN265
  • Module name: The Global Novel: Narrative from a World Perspective
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Can we comprehensively analyse any cultural form without considering its global perspective? Following arguments advanced by theories of world literature, this module will allow students to understand ‘The Novel’ as a truly global genre. We will read novels (in translation) from the early 19th century to the present within the framework of recent debates over modernity and globalisation. We will consider how widening our comparative and international perspective enables us to read and interpret novels (even the most seemingly ‘local’ or ‘national’ productions) as irresistibly ‘global’. The module analyses how certain novelistic forms, themes and issues ‘travel’ – discovering ways certain works contain traces, adaptations and importations of ‘core’ (or global) themes, and adapt, remodel or reject them in accordance with local/national expressions. Put simply, in reading these ‘global’ novels, we will seek to determine significant ‘global’ themes, issues and processes that connect specific novels to those in other territories. A work’s ‘globality’ will be established primarily in its form and content, but we will also look at it’s commercial and cultural production and geopolitical conditioning. The module will demonstrate why a global perspective is a necessary requisite for literary studies in the 21st century.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have studied an international range of novels from the perspective of current debates within comparative literature and globalization. They will be able to identify and critically assess significant movements and reconfigurations in The Novel when assessed through historical and contemporary global frameworks.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly seminar

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN265-30)
A (Assessed work only) First 5000 word essay 50%
  Second 5000 word essay 50%
C1 (Assessed/examined work) 5000-word essay 50%
  2-hour examination (Summer) 50%
V1 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending single term only 100%
V2 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 1 & 2) 50%
  Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 2 & 3) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature with Intercalated Year (Q301) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing with Intercalated Year (QP37) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English and Latin Literature (QQ36) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (with Study Abroad) (QW26) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies with Intercalated Year (QW35) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3