• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies

This course is an introduction to the concepts of literature in a number of Asian traditions. The materials range from ancient to contemporary texts, which will all be presented in accessible English translation. The course will focus on attitudes to literature and explore the variety of texts in Asian literatures, requiring students to consider the relevance of European genre categories: novel, poem, epic etc. in relation to these texts. Thus the main aim is to problematise the relationship between text and genre and issues of translation (across language, history and culture). We will consider how particular texts work and how best they can be categorized in terms of genre. The course will explore some aspects of the social and literary environments that have shaped the production and interpretation of literary texts in both historical and contemporary Asian cultures, and consider the significance of a writer's nationality, cultural background, gender, social class and historical situation in the shaping of a work of literature.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

1. Describe how practitioners of literary studies have approached the study of Asia and the Pacific;
2. Make critical use of concepts and analytic tools from literary studies to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia and the Pacific;
3. Evaluate how the study of Asia and the Pacific has influenced, and might influence, global literary studies.

Indicative Assessment

1. 4 x Tutorial Reading Responses - 20%
2. Participation and Discussion Forum  (10%)
3. Essay #1 (30%) - 1,500 words
4. Essay #2 (40%) - 2,500 words
     4.1 Essay Outline (Research Question, Annotated Bibliography & Primary Source analysis) (15%)
     4.2 Final Essay (25%)

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The course comprises a weekly load of two one-hour lectures and one one-hour tutorial. It demands an average of five hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of courses.

Prescribed Texts

All readings will be available on-line

Preliminary Reading

Miller, Barbara Stoler. (1994) Masterworks of Asian Literature in Comparative Perspective. New York and London: M.E.Sharpe.

All readings will be available on-line




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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8893 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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