National University




LIT450 Studies in the Novel

Lead Faculty: Dr. John J. Miller

Course Description

Focused study of a particular theme, genre, period, or author.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss themes and formal qualities shared by the novels read in the course.
  • Compare and contrast how the different novels read deal with similar themes or formal literary issues.
  • Analyze the meanings and effects of novels in terms of common conventions of the genre.
  • Analyze how particular novels reflect shifting understandings of the nature of plot, characterization, point of view, realism, mimesis, and other devices and conventions of the genre.
  • Produce a well-written, carefully argued written analysis of a novel based on close reading of the text and incorporating relevant criticism.
  • Discuss and analyze influential theories of the novel, its development, and its social origins and relevance.

Prerequisite