English (ENGL) 395

The Nineteenth-Century English Novel (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Reading Course - Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212, or equivalent first year English course(s).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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This course introduces the student to some of the major English novels of the nineteenth century. Starting with Pride and Prejudice (1812), it moves chronologically through the century, examining the development of fiction through such representative works as Frankenstein (1818), Jane Eyre (1847), Wuthering Heights (1847), Vanity Fair (1847-1848), Bleak House (1853), North and South (1855), Barchester Towers (1857), Middlemarch (1867), The Way of All Flesh (1884, 1904), and Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891). This survey covers various types of fiction from the novel of manners, the Gothic romance, and the historical romance, to satiric, comic, and tragic novels.

Note: Since this is a senior course, we expect students to have good reading and writing skills as well as the basic critical tools and knowledge of literary forms and techniques that are acquired in an introductory university English literature course like Athabasca University's English 211 and 212. Students who do not have the recommended credits in an introductory English literature course may experience significant difficulty with the essay assignments and examinations.


To receive credit for ENGL 395, you must complete and pass all assignments and achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Context Reviews Oral Midterm 1500-word Essay 2000-word Essay Final Exam Total
10% 10% 20% 30% 30% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813). Broadview, 2002.

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818). Broadview, 2012.

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847). Broadview, 1999.

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847). WW Norton, 2003.

William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847-48). WW Norton, 1994.

Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1852-53). WW Norton, 1977.

Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (1855). WW Norton, 2004.

Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers (1857). Oxford, 2008.

George Eliot, Middlemarch (1874). WW Norton, 2000.

Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh (1903). Penguin, 1986.

Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891). Broadview, 2007.

Other materials

All other materials will be available to students online; including a student manual.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, February 11, 2013.

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Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services