• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English, Digital Humanities

This course explores what is happening to literature, and its study, in the digital age. Digital technologies are profoundly affecting how literature is produced, read, and analysed. This course explores new theoretical perspectives on literature arising from this context: from innovative conceptions of textuality, authorship, and reading, to changing understandings of the book, publishing, and the library. These theoretical paradigms provide a framework for students to read new digital literary works, in poetry and prose, and employ new digital approaches to literary studies. Students will develop analytical skills for engaging with literary documents, in digital forms and/or with digital methods, and for exploring a range of issues relevant to our increasingly digital textual world, including authority, originality, and reproducibility. No technical background is required.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Analyse and discuss the impact of digital technologies on literature, literary studies, and literary theory;
  2. Interpret and analyse digital literary texts in the context of theoretical perspectives on digital literature and digital media;
  3. Discuss and evaluate the application of digital methods and practices to research questions in literary studies.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
Five-minute tutorial presentation (10%) [LO 1 & 2 or 3]
Two essays of 1500 words each (40% each for a total of 80%) [LO 1 & 2]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

One 1.5 hour lecture, and one 1 hour tutorial, per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7.5 hours per teaching week of independent reading and research (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level English (ENGL) courses.You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL6086.

Prescribed Texts

A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, edited by Ray Simens and Susan Schreibman. Blackwell Publishing, 2008. [Freely available: http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companionDLS/]

Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology, edited by Kenneth Price and Ray Siemens. MLA Commons, 2013 [Freely available: https://dlsanthology.commons.mla.org/]

Further readings will be available from the course Wattle site.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9480 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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