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Australian National University

  • Code ENGL2078
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Contemporary literary stories and those written in genre draw on historical antecedents and/or current literary and theoretical movements. Fables and fairy tales, experiments with realism or magical realism are all present in various forms of the contemporary short story, and stem from writers being influenced by past narratives and/or by reacting to their peers. This course will encourage students to read a variety of classical and contemporary short stories and to experiment with different styles and genres which have developed over the past two centuries, and which are still being questioned or utilised by contemporary authors.

Students will be expected to write two short stories and/or a few chapters of a novel in this course. Draft stories will be revised. The final versions of students' stories will be arrived at through discussion in seminars and workshops, and through the reading of published fiction. The course will include some consideration of the practical processes involved in publishing stories and longer works.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Create prose pieces in two different genres, drawing on or reacting to a published work or works.
  2. Experiment with and revise 2 diverse stories or chapters of a novel, integrating suggestions from writing workshops and/or utilising analysis of published or other students’ creative work.
  3.  Research, compare and contrast two stories, making a coherent argument about the relationship between these works.
  4. Describe, analyse and make editorial suggestions for peers’ prose
  5. Reflect on your own creative work in relation to its context, sources and formal qualities, and discuss your writing with respect to published work in a similar style or genre.

Indicative Assessment

Fiction Portfolio: two stories of approximately 4000 words in total, with drafts (60%) (LO 1,2,5)

Written and oral comments on peers' work (15%) (LO 4)

Essay, 1000 words (25%) (LO 3,5)

Workload

3 contact hours and 7 hours of individual study per week, on average.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed atleast 48 Units of total Courses including 6 Units of English (ENGL) courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

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Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  Tuition fees will be published by 1 October for the next year.

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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

Course Fees:

Domestic fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478

International fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246

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