The English Department's MLitt in the Novel is a taught postgraduate programme embracing all aspects of the theory and practice of the novel, from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. The focus will be the novel in English (including Scottish, Irish and American), but opportunities may also exist for comparative study of other novelistic traditions. The programme includes a core course in narratology, genre theory, and the sociology of the novel, as well as elective courses on individual authors and periods. The MLitt will explore the regional, national and international significance of the novel as an art form, and address such general topics as subjectivity and identity, medical theory and fiction, aesthetics, print culture, the history of reading, mass and elite fiction, and issues of nation, class, race and gender. The programme will provide research training for those intending to progress to a doctorate while also offering a self-contained Masters degree. Students enrolled on the programme will participate in the activities of the newly formed Centre for The Novel, which hosts regular talks, seminars and conferences.