Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Modern Novel

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit will focus on some of the canonical British novelists who were considered innovative in style and approach. The main authors to be discussed in the course of lectures and seminars are:

- James Joyce, ‘The Dead’ in Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a young man;
- D.H.Lawrence, The Rainbow;
- Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse.

The study-unit will discuss the following main themes:

- The Artist in the Modern Labyrinth;
- Epiphanic Writing - the search for a style;
- The interplay of naturalistic and symbolic scenes;
- The sublimation of the trivial;
- Aesthetic considerations concerning the novel;
- Fictionalized autobiography;
- The sense of an ending.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to define the development of the Modern Novel in the early twentieth-century England (1900-1940).

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Baldick Chris, The Modern Movement The Oxford English Literary History vol 10, 2005.
- Derek Attridge ed. The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce, 1990.
- Eagleton Terry, The English Novel: an Introduction Blackwell, 2005.
- Lee Hermione, The Novels of Virginia Woolf Methuen, 1988.
- Worthen John, D.H. Lawrence 2005.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination (5 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Peter Vassallo

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