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The Novel: Transforming the Real (EGL248)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Introduces the novel's meaning and significance in human culture. Students explore the novel as a creative form of human experience across a range of contexts. Students will reflect on the historical and philosophical significance of novels and consider questions of narrative and style. The unit covers expository, reflective and analytical writing and critical reading, and offers other textual forms to enhance the socio-political import of specific novels. Students will gain skills in thesis formulation, essay structure, and writing.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1. Discuss developments in literary form and theory from the late 18th century into the 21st century.
2. Trace the development of the novel in the periods covered by the unit.
3. Demonstrate a grasp of the social and political contexts of the periods and their impact on the changing form and focus of the novel.
4. Read, comment on and write about the selected texts using the language and conceptual tools of critical analysis.
5. Discuss the role and relevance of the novel across periods and genres.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: up to 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit is through lectures, tutorials (and, for external students, online discussion) and self-study. Students will be reading and critically responding to fiction and literary criticism, and will develop critical thinking, effective writing, and excellent presentation skills (when applicable).

Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended since key material is introduced and explained in those sessions. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory, and active participation in class is facilitated and encouraged. Reading primary set texts and weekly readings before attending lectures and tutorials in a given week will ensure that students reap maximum benefit from the unit learning materials.
Assessment The assessments will involve a range of activities - oral, written, and in groups - designed so that students are able to explore the myriad ways in which texts matter in culture - what texts do, how texts mean, how we make them and respond to them in specific social and historical moments. Assessments will be modified for external students.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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English and Creative Writing (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors English and Creative Writing
Appears in these Minors Literature
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Rahul Gairola
The Krishna Somers Lecturer in English and Postcolonial Literature

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6149
e: Rahul.Gairola@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.074 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Rahul Gairola
The Krishna Somers Lecturer in English and Postcolonial Literature

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6149
e: Rahul.Gairola@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.074 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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