ENGL 1146

Subject: ENGLISH

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Course No. and Title:

ENGL 1146: An Introduction to the Novel

Credit Value:

Three (3) credit hours

Course Description:

In this course, we will survey the development of the novel in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on representative works by five writers.  We will explore the social contexts, the innovations in narrative form, and the elements of fiction, including plot, narration, characters, setting, and dialogue.   We will also cover key sub-genres, such as the domestic drama, the historical novel, the Gothic novel, the stream of consciousness novel, and the postwar novel.  Some of these novels are lengthy, so you should start on the reading right away and take careful notes on the books as you progress through the course. 



Course Author:

Dr. Vicky Simpson, Department of English, University of New Brunswick
Email: vsimpson@unb.ca; Telephone: (506) 453-4676 

Course Features:

ENGL 1146 is presented online through lecture notes, writing lessons, quizzes, and essays. Students write a three-hour invigilated final exam at the end of the course.

Course Texts:

Required texts:

  • Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  • George Eliot’s Silas Marner (1861)
  • Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw (1898)
  • Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
  • Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair (1951)

Recommended text:

  • A Short Guide to Writing About Literature, edited by Barnet and Cain

Students may use any editions of these books but might want to look for good scholarly editions (by Oxford or Broadview, for instance) because the critical introductions, detailed footnotes, and contextual information will likely be useful.

Textbooks can be ordered from the UNB Fredericton Bookstore:

Assignments & Examinations:

Online writing quizzes 10%
Essay 1 (min. 3 double-spaced pages) 10%
Essay 2 (min. 3 double-spaced pages) 10%
Essay 3 (min. 5 double-spaced pages) 20%
3-hour invigilated final exam: 50% 50%
Total Marks 100%

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Time Limit:

6 months from registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date of your course.

** Note - Because this is an open-entry course, you have some freedom to set your own pace for the reading and the writing. However, the essays must be submitted one by one, meaning you are not permitted to submit Essay 2 until Essay 1 has been submitted, marked, and returned to you. This ensures that you have time to consult the feedback and develop as a writer as you progress through the assignments in the course. Students should allow up to two weeks of turn-around time for marking each essay. In addition, UNB Online typically requires 10 days to process a request to write the final exam. Thus, if a student is aiming to finish the course within the regular length of a term (i.e. 13 weeks), he/she should spend approximately two weeks reading each novel and a week writing each essay. The essays and the final exam are compulsory, meaning that failure to complete them will result in an automatic F in the course.

Fees: Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
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Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
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Apply now

If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.