The Nineteenth - Century English Novel

By Prof. A. Divya   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 914
The Nineteenth-Century Novel course introduces student to the genre of the novel at its height in nineteenth-century Britain. Through a close study of the significant novels of the period the students will come to understand the nature of the plots and its complexities in relation to the social and cultural impulses of the period.

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : Faculty, Students of English Literature
INDUSTRY SUPPORT   :  The British LibraryUS Consulate
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English Studies
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  :   Introduction/ Jane Austen’s Persuasion (1818), Volume I, Chapters 1-6
Week 2  :  Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Volume I, Chapters 7-12 
Week 3  :  Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Volume II, Chapters 13-18
Week 4  :  Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Volume II, Chapters 19-24
Week 5  :  Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Book I, Chapters 1-6, and Book II, Chapters 1-3
Week 6  :  Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Book II, Chapters 4-12
Week 7  :  Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Book II, Chapters 13-21
Week 8  :  Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Book II, Chapters 22-24 and Book III Chapters 1-6
Week 9  :  Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Book III, Chapters 7-15
Week 10  :  R.L.Stevenson A Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), Chapters 1-4
Week 11  :  R.L.Stevenson A Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Chapters 5-7
Week 12  :  R.L.Stevenson A Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Chapters 8-10

Books and references

Secondary Reading List: Desire and Domestic Fiction (Nancy Armstrong)The Dialogic Imagination (Mikhail Bakhtin)Reading for the Plot (Peter Brooks)The Novel and the Police (D.A. Miller)The Country and the City (Raymond Williams)  

Instructor bio

Prof. A. Divya

IIT Madras
Divya A is an Assistant Professor in English Literature in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. Divyas research interests primarily revolve around explorations in the fields of gender, domesticity, spatiality, urbanism, and the interplay between the visual and the literary arts. After obtaining her Master of Studies degree in Early Modern English Literature from the University of Oxford, Divya completed her PhD in Nineteenth- Century English Fiction at Nanyang Technological University. She has published on Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and the Pre-Raphaelites. Her current research project traces and maps the British colonial visual culture of Nineteenth-Century India.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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- NPTEL team

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