Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Novel Ideas: Selves and Worlds explores the many different voices of the novel from the eighteenth century to the present day, and considers how these voices are assimilated by readers and reading communities. It looks at how this literary form, sometimes regarded as trivial entertainment, has developed into a powerful and highly theorised literary genre, capable of handling complex cultural and psychological material, and of effecting profound social impact.



    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. Outline the history of the novel from the eighteenth century to the present day.

    2. Examine the key formal, thematic, and contextual characteristics of individual novels.

    3. Conduct research independently and express clear and informed arguments.

    4. Develop persuasive oral and written responses both individually and in groups.


    This course provides detailed insight into a range of novels in English. Topics may include:

    • The rise - and rise - of the novel
    • Readers, contexts, and communities
    • Writing selves and worlds
    • Imagined pasts and futures
    • Narrative voice and perspective
    • The novel and the city


    This course replaces ENGL3140. If you have successfully completed ENGL3140 you cannot enrol in this course.

    Assumed knowledge

    20 units of English at 1000 level

    Assessment items

    Written Assignment: Written assignment (30%)

    Project: Project (20%)

    Essay: Essay (50%) *

    * This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

    Contact hours



    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

    The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.