EN3ECN-The Eighteenth-Century Novel: Sex and Sensibility

Module Provider: English Literature
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Part 1 English
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Rebecca Bullard

Email: r.bullard@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
«p»The novel as we know it today was born during the eighteenth century. From the first, novels display an intense fascination with the human body, constructions of gender and sexuality, and the physical and emotional responses of readers to the words on the page. But why are eighteenth-century novelists so interested in sex and - to use a key word of the period - sensibility? What different kinds of response do they elicit from their readers? And how can contemporary and recent ideas about the body, gender, authorship and reading help us to interpret these innovative literary texts? «/p»


The module aims to equip students with critical skills that will: enable them to interpret and analyse eighteenth-century novels; introduce them to the broader literary and cultural contexts of the period in which the novels were first written, published and read; explore a wide variety of recent critical and theoretical approaches towards eighteenth-century novels; undertake independent research; construct coherent arguments in oral and written form.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Across a range of different forms of assessment students will be expected to: - Engage in close textual analysis; - Situate texts within their particular historical, cultural, literary and generic contexts.- Analyse the interrelations between different authors and texts within the period studied - Undertake independent research using high-quality physical and/or digital resources - Engage critically with ideas discussed in seminars - Construct and express coherent arguments in writing.

Additional outcomes:
Oral and written communication skills will be developed, together with critical, interpretative and analytical abilities. IT skills (word-processing and web-based research) will be developed over the course of the module.

Outline content:

Texts to be studied may include: Daniel Defoe, Roxana; Eliza Haywood, Fantomina; Samuel Richardson, Pamela; Henry Fielding, Shamela; Frances Burney, Evelina; Mary Hays, Memoirs of Emma Courtney; Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman; Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Three seminar hours weekly, for which students are required to do preparatory reading. Students are also entitled to a half-hour tutorial on their formative written work. With the consent of the module convenor, students may also undertake a placement, through which they will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills gained in studying for this module in a professional context outside the University.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 30 1
Tutorials 0.5
Guided independent study 129.5 39
Total hours by term 160.00 40.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Formative Assessment Methods - work which provides opportunities to improve performance (e.g. through feedback provided) but which does not necessarily always contribute towards the overall module mark: Students write one formative essay, of between 1500 and 2000 words. Feedback will also be provided on the assessed essay of 2500 words, or the equivalent placement report.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of at least 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination in August. Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Otherwise it must be resubmitted by 25 August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required set books: 2) Printing.

    Key Readings List:
    You can view a Key Readings list for this module here: http://readinglists.reading.ac.uk/lists/8436FB57-AA38-B189-41CB-EB067BB73B13
    N.B. Reading lists may change before the module starts.

    Last updated: 4 April 2017

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