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ENGL6110: The Secret History of the Novel

2024 unit information

This unit of study investigates the development and circulation of the novel during the eighteenth century. We will read novels that have since been canonised as well as material normally excluded from the story of the novels rise, such as whore narratives and the popular genre of it-narratives (stories told from the point-of-view of an object or animal). We will consider this material through a number of theoretical lenses, including those provided by Michael McKeon, Lennard Davis and Catherine Gallagher.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Code ENGL6110
Academic unit
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. assess the relationship between eighteenth-century novels and the intellectual, social, legal, political and cultural environment
  • LO2. understand and evaluate theoretical debates about the origins of the novel in England
  • LO3. communicate arguments and ideas to others effectively and articulately, both verbally and in writing
  • LO4. demonstrate skills in research through the competent use of the library and electronic resources particular to the study of eighteenth-century literature

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal evening Remote

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