Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

How to Read a Novel

The University of Edinburgh

This online course explored issues relating to plot, characterisation, dialogue, and setting. It examined a range of techniques including flashbacks, different ways of presenting conversations, and the impact of location on the development of plot. Examples were drawn from a range of classic texts, as well as the four novels on this year’s shortlist for the James Tait Black fiction prize.

4 weeks, 2 hours per week

Educators

Dr Alex Lawrie

Lecturer in English literature

The University of Edinburgh

Transcript

Learning outcomes

  • Identify key strategies used by authors to alter the temporal progression of the narrative.
  • Reflect on the effects generated by a narrative frame.
  • Evaluate novels for signs of narrative unreliability.
  • Discuss my reading of contemporary fiction with a large online learning community.
  • Explore ways of understanding character, such as behaviour, speech, and motives.
  • Explore the impact of various settings on the development of character and plot.
  • Evaluate the effect of different ways of presenting dialogue, and the impact of dialect speech.

Syllabus

  • The course examines specific techniques relating to plotting and temporality including flashbacks, unreliable narration and framed narratives.
  • The course considers ways of understanding character, such as behaviour and motives.
  • It explores issues relating to the presentation of dialogue, including conversational mood and dialect voices.
  • The course examines the impact of various different settings on the development of plot and character.
  • It invites learners to test their understanding through weekly quizzes and a final peer assessment task.
  • The four novels explored for this course are:
    • Girl by Edna O’Brien
    • Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall
    • Travellers by Helon Habila
    • Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Issued on 17th April 2021

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Free online course:

How to Read a Novel

The University of Edinburgh