The Politics of Narrative Method – Genap 2017-2018

Course Overview

In this course we will explore and investigate the workings of the narrative form and its structural qualities correlate with certain ideological frameworks. In other words, we will inquire whether and how class, colonial, ethnic, racial, gender, sexual, and environmental issues manifest in texts of narrative fiction, particularly the novel genre. We will refer to narratological aspects of those texts to see how time, order, duration, perspective, focalization, distance, levels of narration, narratorial speech act, and other narratological features are similar and different from one ideological standpoint to another.

Objectives and Outcomes

With the completion of this course, students will have been able to

  1. Outline the elements of narrative structure based on their readings on narratology, particularly as expounded by Gérard Genette in his Narrativr Discourse and Narrative Discourse Revisited as well as by Mieke Bal, and how those elements operate individually as well as how they work with each other.
  2. Summarize the required novels and how their narrative structures represent particular ideological/political frameworks.
  3. Produce a critical piece focusing on a particular ideological or political issue of a particular novel by departing from an elaboration of the narrative structure of the novel at hand.


Students will be required to gain access to, read, respond to, and write about the following.

  1. Adipurwawidjana, Ari, Lestari Manggong, and Lien Amalia. “Ambivalensi Naratif dan Transisi Sosial: Lady Chatterley’s Lover dan The Satanic Verses” in Jurnal Kebudayaan Kalam 22.
  2. Bal, Mieke. Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative
  3. Conrad, Joseph. Lord Jim
  4. Doyle, Arthur Conan. Sign of Four
  5. Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man
  6. Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury
  7. Genette, Gérard. Narrative Discourse and Narrative Discourse Revisited
  8. Kureishi, Hanif. The Buddha of Suburbia
  9. Lawrence. D. H. Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  10. Rushdie, Salman. The Satanic Verses.
  11. Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus


This course will require students to be actively involved in a variety of in-class and online activities which will serve as learning evaluations as well as outcomes. Some activities are prerequisites for others. Students will be required to: 

  1. Attend fourteen (14) class meetings in which they will be expected to participate in class discussions and activities. Pertaining to students’ attendance, they are subject to the following. 
  • Students will be allowed four (4) unexcused absences from class, for which they will not be asked to provide reasons for absence. They will not be allowed any more absences apart from the four, with or without valid excuse. 
  • They will be expected to be punctual. If a student arrives in class ten (10) minutes after class has begun, she/he will not be allowed to attend the class, and she/he will be marked absent. 
  • If there is an online activity prerequisite for a particular weekly meeting and a student fails to complete the activity, she/he will also be barred from attending that particular class meeting and she/he will be marked absent. 

Students will be required to bring all course materials to all class meetings, namely all printed readings and all digital materials as well as the necessary devices to access those materials. Students will be required to bring electronic writing devices (e.g. laptop computers) which connects to the internet. 
Students will be required to secure regular access to the internet, enroll to the online POLITICS OF NARRATIVE METHOD course, and do all online activities provided at The online activities at LiVE Unpad consists of

  • Responses to reading materials that will count towards the QUIZ component of a student’s final grade. 
  • Written assignments, namely a 1000-2000-word Short Paper and a 2000-5000-word Long Paper, which will count towards the TUGAS component of a student’s final grade. 
  • Drafts of materials to be published on a CRITICAL THEORY website/weblog, which students and teachers will collectively set up, run, and edit, which will count towards the PRAKTIKUM component of a student’s final grade. 
  • Respond to a Mid-Semester Examination, which will count as the UTS component of a student’s final grade. 
  • Respond to a Final Examination, which will count as the UAS component of a student’s final grade

Grading System 

Students final grade will be calculated based on their respective performance on the set grade components. The final grade will be calculated with the following percentages for each component. 

QUIZ :20%


TUGAS :30%

UTS :15%

UAS :20%

Academic Dishonesty

If the teacher(s) believes that a student has plagiarized in an assignment, the student will receive an “E” for the course, and the instructor will report the alleged violation to University authorities to be dealt with in accordance to University policy and regulations as stipulated in sanksi-pelanggaran/. This policy applies to academic to all activities required and related to this course. If a student is unsure about what type of writing practice may be considered as plagiarism, she or he must ask the instructor. 

Additional Course Information 

The course this semester will follow the following schedule.

  • Meeting 1:  6 September, Introduction
  • Meeting 2: 13 September, Invisible Man
  • Meeting 3: 20 September, Invisible Man
  • Meeting 4: 27 September, Lord Jim
  • Meeting 5:   4 October, Lord Jim
  • Meeting 6: 11 October, The Buddha of Suburbia
  • Meeting 7: 18 October, Mid-Semester Review
  • Meeting 8: 25 October, The Satanic Verses
  • Meeting 9:   1 November, Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  • Meeting 10: 8 November: The Sound and the Fury
  • Meeting 11: 15 November, Frankenstein
  • Meeting 12: 22 November, Sign of Four.

The remaining time in the semester will be used for paper consultations.

Students who have read the information above is assumed to have agreed to the stipulations aforementioned, and no exceptions for any reason can be negotiated unless the student has brought to the attention the teacher of the possibility of forthcoming problems with complying with these stipulations within the first two weeks of the semester.