LIT303 The English Novel (8)

Today, the novel is so ubiquitous that we might believe that it has always existed. But this is not so. The English novel has a date of birth (1719) and a history of major developments. This subject begins with the birth of the English novel and follows those developments through five classic novels. Each of these novels introduces important themes, subjects, and techniques which are essential in understanding the novel today.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LIT303. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

LIT111 Texts and Meanings

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the origin and development of the English novel;
  • be able to explain the relationship between a classic novel and its social-historical context;
  • be able to research and synthesise critical commentary about a classic novel;
  • be able to critically evaluate the literary value of a classic novel; and
  • be able to construct a theory of the novel as a literary form.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction
  • The birth of the English novel (Robinson Crusoe, 1719)
  • Austen's technical innovations (Pride and prejudice, 1813)
  • Dickens' social realism (Oliver Twist, 1839)
  • Woolf and the modern sensibility (To the lighthouse, 1927)
  • The postmodern novel (Slaughterhouse Five, 1969)
  • Conclusions about the novel as a literary form

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LIT303 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online tutorial participation
Presentation showcase assignment

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.