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BA Art History and English Literature / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Narrative Theory and Victorian Fiction
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||English and American Studies|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
“Once upon a time…” Humanity is a story-telling species; narrative is fundamental to our understanding of ourselves and the world. This course explores the key questions, what is narrative, what does it do, and how does it do it? It will introduce you to a number of key concepts and debates in narrative theory with a particular focus on the theories of Propp, Bakhtin, Brooks and Jameson. In addition, we will explore the development of narrative in three novels by Charles Dickens. Thus, the course uses narrative theory to read the work of Dickens, but also uses Dickens to examine the claims of narrative theory.
- Students will achieve an understanding of a range of theoretical concepts and debates within the field of narrative theory.
- Students will obtain greater knowledge, understanding and appreciation of a range of Victorian fiction.
- Students will be able to use concepts from the field of narrative theory to produce critical analyses of Victorian fiction.
- Students will be able to use Victorian fiction to produce a critical analysis of key concepts within the field of narrative theory.
Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby
Charles Dickens, Bleak House
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
H. Porter Abbott, The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative
|Michael Sanders||Unit coordinator|