Course Syllabus of “Rise of the Novel-251” (1432 / 1433)

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, the Merciful

Dept. of Eng. Lang & Lit.

Sajir College of Science & Arts

Rise of the Novel (251)

Course Syllabus 1st Semester (1432 / 1433)

Instructor: Miss Zainab Alqublan

Time: 9:40 – 11:40

Day: Saturday

Room: C-5

Office hours: Saturday (11:40-12:30)

Office: Eng Dept. Office (2nd floor)

Email: (Identify yourself every time)

Course Website:

Course Description and Objectives:

This is a two hour course that is taught in the third level of the curriculum. The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the rise of the novel as a literary form.  Most of the major innovations in both subject matter and narrative technique take shape in the 18th-century. In the beginning of the century, the novel involves the close imitation of true narratives, while at its end it both competes with and contributes to the writing of historical narrative. The course aims at introducing the student to a few novels of the 1800’s, especially their backgrounds, historical and cultural milieus, which gave rise to these works as well as their significant aspects and the purposes they served. The novels (selected from the suggested text below) are taught analytically in the light of Forster’s Aspects of the novel in order to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of the genre.

Learning Resources:

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (Norton)

Foster E.M’s A Passage to India.

Foster E.M’s Aspects of the Novel.

Additional References:

E.M. Forster. Aspects of the Novel. London: Harmondsworth, 1974.

M. E. Novak. Defoe and the Nature of Man. New York, 1963

G. A. Starr. Defoe and Casuistry. Princeton, 1971.

Everett Zimmerman. Defoe and the Novel. Berke’ly, 1975

Diana Spearman. The Novel and Society. London, 1966

Pat Rogers. ‘Crusoe ‘s Home’, Essays in Criticism, 24, 1974

Teaching strategies to be used:

  • 1. Teacher’s manual (Smart Board)
  • 2. Class discussion (Seminars)
  • 3. Slide Shows.
  • 4. Extract of videoed plays
  • 5. Interacting via the web blog.




1 Fundamentals of the Novel
2 Introduction to the Rise of the 18 th Century Novel
3 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Introduction to the author – The human, self-asserting impulses of Crusoe Chapters: 1-64The religious significance of the journey in the novel+ chapters: 7-125Chapters: 13-206Chapters: 21-277Second Novel: A Passage to India

Introduction to the author   Chapters:1-6   +1stMid Term Exam8Chapters: 7-129Chapters: 13-1810Chapters: 19-2411Chapters 25-3012Chapters 31-3713A Comparison of the two novels+ 2nd Mid Term Exam14Final Critical analyses15A General  Revision of the two novels


10% First In-Term Exam

10% Second In-Term Exam

10% Written papers or Presentation

10% Seminars

60% Final Exam

Classroom Policies:

Attendance: Students are expected to attend every class. Any student who misses more than 25% of the attendance can expect to receive a warning, and a denial if absences continue. Students with serious problems or medical emergencies should notify me first hand.

-Titus Livius said “Better late than never”. Make sure always to make it on time. This is a sign of a hard working student.

-Continuous lateness to class is disruptive and unacceptable (2 late(s) = 1 absence).

Assignments: All assigned work is expected on its due date. Late papers are penalized. Students are encouraged to email the instructor any assignment you have failed to hand-in on time. If I receive it on the day it is due, I won’t count it late.

Make-up Exams: Students are responsible for being in class on exam days. Students may make up an exam; however, students should realize that the makeup exam is going to include the whole curriculum.

Language is 40% of your mark:

Correct English is essential and language mistakes will affect grading, i.e.: grammar, subject-verb agreement, sentence-structure, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, parallel-structure, use of articles, etc. Also correct style and form of paragraphs and essays is graded.


The Academic Support Center:

If you have difficulty writing your assignments or you have language problems, do not hesitate to bring your problem to my attention, or consult the Academic Support Center (make an appointment first via mail, web page or at the Dept.). The Academic Support Center offers free professional tutoring to any student who has language problems or needs help in any other skills for any course offered by the department. The tutors will help you develop methods to improve your language and academic skills.

Study Hard..


  1. Good Morning teacher 😀
    I have a question
    the coming saturday we’re gonna start the novel right ?
    Cause it hard to have it before saturday I was wondering,
    Is it okay to bring my Ipad cause it’s already downloaded in it ?
    and it’s Ipad 1 without camera.
    I’m waiting for you’re reponse.:(

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