English (ENGL) 397

The Twentieth-Century English Novel (Revision 1)

ENGL 397 course cover

Permanently closed, effective November 5, 2015.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Humanities

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

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 397 has a Challenge for Credit option.


This course introduces the student to the first 60 years of the twentieth-century British novel, its history and development, its rich variety of forms and techniques, and the ideas and events that influenced it. The required reading does not aim to be exhaustive but acquaints the student with some of the more important novelists of the period. Each novel in the course is read as an individual artistic work with its own formal integrity, as part of the evolution of the literary genre of the novel, and as part of a larger social and intellectual milieu.

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 397, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on each of the examinations. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Essay 1 Essay 2 Exam 1 Exam 2 Total
25% 25% 25% 25% 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


Amis, Kingsley. Lucky Jim.

Burgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange.

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer.

Forster, E. M. Howards End.

Huxley, Aldous. Point Counter Point.

Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Lawrence, D. H. The Rainbow.

Murdoch, Iris. A Fairly Honourable Defeat.

Sillitoe, Alan. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

Waugh, Evelyn. A Handful of Dust.

Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 397 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on each part of the examination.

Essay Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 1.

Updated January 25 2016 by Student & Academic Services