Core Module Information
Module title: The Modern Novel

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP08107
Module leader: Scott Lyall
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities

Any SCQF 7 module in literature, film, photography, cultural studies, sociology or psychology.

Description of module content:

This module shows how the modern novel developed during the twentieth century and into the current century. It will allow you to read and critically assess a range of novels, recognising and engaging with different sub-genres, techniques and practices. The module also considers the novel’s relationship with contemporary cultural issues. It will be an opportunity for you to widen and deepen your knowledge of the different experiments with the genre. It will also enable you to understand the continuing appeal and relevance of the novel as the expression of a changing modern world.

This module emphasises the process of reading modern novels and evaluating them critically. It is designed to give you a broad experience of canonical (Woolf and Joyce) as well as ‘alternative’ (Trocchi) and vernacular (Kelman) texts which indicate the various developments of the novel. The novels will be discussed within their cultural and historical contexts, taking in a range of different national traditions (including English, Irish, and Scottish) and ideological positions. You will be introduced to a range of periods, beginning with modernism and reaching into the postmodern (Smith). The module will also encourage you to engage with a range of key theoretical positions, such as postcolonial theory and postmodernism, which you will apply to your analysis of primary texts. The module will also look at a film (The Hours) which has a course novel as a key intertext, and this will allow you to employ a comparative examination of these mediums, as well as studying how fiction has been updated for a contemporary film audience.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: critically engage with a range of novels published during the last one hundred years
LO2: identify the significance of the modern novel in its cultural and historical contexts
LO3: comprehend a range of novelistic genres, techniques and practices
LO4: understand and apply literary theory to a range of primary texts
LO5: demonstrate an ability to work both independently and as a part of a team

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Scott Lyall
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
One-hour weekly tutorials/seminars will give students the opportunity to discuss issues in depth related to the development of the modern novel that are introduced and explored through the weekly lectures. The emphasis will be on independent learning, reading and scholarship as well as in-class discussion. (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). These seminar sessions will mirror the lecture series and will provide a medium for student-centred learning (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). Students will develop their theoretical knowledge of the modern novel and apply this knowledge to the preparation of assignments and weekly tutorial questions.

Formative Assessment:
Weekly tutorial discussion, both in groups and at whole class level, will provide formative ideas that can be applied in the summative assignments. (Such discussions also take place in the interactive lecture slots.) In particular, the lecturer provides questions as discussion topics that both allow discussion around lecture themes and feed into summative essay questions (LOs 2,3,4). Students need to complete these questions in conversation with their peers, or alone if they would prefer (LO 5).

Summative Assessment:
Students will undertake two summative assessments during the module. The completion of an essay (40%) in week 6, on aspects of a particular text chosen by the student from a shortlist of questions (LOs 2,3,4,5). The second assignment will take the form of a longer essay (60%) in week 12 in which the student will undertake a study of a particular theoretical and/or cultural issue with reference to a range of texts and readings (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). The topic will be chosen by the student from a shortlist.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 2-5 6 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Essay 60 1-5 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP08107 The Modern Novel