• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is offered as a Common Option in the School of Language Studies, with the aim of offering students a European intercultural perspective. Contemporary Europe has evolved from a number of European nations and national identities. The focus of this course is literary narrative in European traditions of the 20th and 21stcenturies. Major prose writers are examined, primarily from Europe, but also from Latin America.  Texts cover movements such as modernism and postmodernism, as well as representations of colonialism and of the Holocaust. In addition to prescribed texts, which will be available on Wattle, an E-brick of additional prescribed primary and selected secondary sources will be provided.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1. Discuss a variety of European literary texts both in their ‘national' context, and cross-culturally;

2. Compare differences in the evolution of narrative technique, primarily in European but also in Latin American literature;

3. Demonstrate mastery of subject matter, including critical terminology (in target languages);

4. Apply information, concepts and theories to illustrate and analyze aspects of European narrative from a national perspective as well as a broader European and global context.

Indicative Assessment

1) active tutorial and seminar participation throughout the semester (10%) (LOs 1,2,3,4);

2) essay 1, due mid-semester, 2000 words (40%) (LOs 1,2,3,4);

3) essay 2, during the exam period (50%) (LOs 1,2,3,4)

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Two and a half hours a week (one 1-hour lecture, one 1-hour tutorial, one fortnightly 1-hour seminar). Outside of class, an additional 7.5 hours/week. Total workload over the semester is 130 hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of English (ENGL) courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CMEL3001 or LANG3003.

Prescribed Texts

Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, plus further texts (encompassing French, German, Spanish and Latin American writers), to be advised on Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended courses - any other literature course, and/or cultural studies-type course.

Interest in European cultures, possibly even via a language not taught at the ANU, is of course welcome. Assumed knowledge and skills - roughly the equivalent of completion of a fulltime 1st year in an Arts degree, i.e. familiarity with essay-writing and tute/seminar techniques.




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

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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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