The History of the Novel

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The History of the Novel

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    15 credit point (1 course) of first year english or HUS1PWR or HUS1FAS

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This subject offers a historically broad study of the novel as a literary form. Beginning with the rise of the genre in the 18th century, and ending with postmodern experiments with the novel, this subject explores the way in which this genre understands itself as being "novel" (that is, new) in terms of its engagement with the ongoing process of modernity. Particular emphasis will be placed in this subject on textual analysis, literary history and the role of structure and historical and political context in making a novel's meaning. Students completing this course will encounter a range of novels from a range of literary periods, and will have developed an understanding of the way in which the genre has developed over time.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.