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

This course examines some landmarks in the literary history of late 19th and early 20th century imperialism. The focus is on novels of the British Empire, although a French novel in English translation will also be studied. The course involves the analysis of literary works and investigation of germane contexts (political, social, literary etc). Particular attention will be paid to issues of race relations, gender and class generated by the texts. The course will explore some significant metropolitan works that are striated by empire and its discontents. The set texts include novels by H. Rider Haggard, Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells, Bram Stoker, Evelyn Waugh, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Genres studied include: adventure romance, scientific romance, imperial gothic, terrorist novel, satiric fiction, and the essay.

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. Apply knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts of the literature of this period to some major authors, works and genres
  2. Identify key elements that are distinctive to the literary achievement of some landmark writers in the literary history of the British empire
  3. Reflect and write analytically about literary texts in the context of British imperialism
  4. Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.
  5. Demonstrate independent scholarly research on an allocated topic on imperial fiction

Indicative Assessment

Essay of 2500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]

Essay of 2,500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]

Critical analysis of 1,500 words (20%) [LO 4, 5]

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130 hours across the semester, comprised of 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial, and 7.5 hours of associated reading/study time per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Masters level program. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL2068.

Prescribed Texts

H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines (Oxford World's Classics)

H. Rider Haggard, She (Oxford World's Classics)

J. Conrad, Heart of Darkness and Other Tales (Oxford World's Classics)

H.G. Wells, The Time Machine (Penguin Classics)

Bram Stoker, Dracula (Oxford World's Classics)

J. Conrad, The Secret Agent (Oxford World's Classics)

E. Waugh, Decline and Fall (Penguin)

E. Waugh, Black Mischief (Penguin)

L-F Celine, Journey to the End of the Night (New Directions)

Preliminary Reading

H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines

As per prescribed texts


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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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
9281 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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