This unit of study explores the rise of novel reading in English as an educative, aesthetic and passionate practice from the 17th century to the present. The unit moves chronologically to examine how novels and the world came to be understood as mutually constitutive, how novels create and sustain attachments amongst their readers, how the genre of the novel became available for interrogations of national, gendered, "racial", sexual and class identity, of liberty and intellectual emancipation, and of pleasure.
2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week
3x750wd written exercises (60%), 1x2250wd take-home exercise (40%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in English