• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English, Literature
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Russell Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENGL6008
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course provides students with a grounding in some of the major theoretical methodologies in literary studies. These may include post colonialism and postmodernism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, feminism and queer theory, and historical and cultural materialist approaches to literary texts. The course will examine important themes in literary interpretation including character, voice, narrative, and genre.  This course is strongly recommended to students considering undertaking an Honours year.

Learning Outcomes

Upon  successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Show an appreciation of the relevance and value of theoretical models in literary study.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of important theoretical methodologies by summarising key concepts or arguments.
  3. Apply these concepts or arguments successfully in a close reading of a literary text.

Indicative Assessment

Two 2500 word essays, 50% each [Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3].

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of English (ENGL) Courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convenor to enrol in this course. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL2009 or ENGL6008.




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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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.

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
9660 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person

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