• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English, History, Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Monique Rooney
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course examines a selection of key texts published in the US in the nineteenth century, a key period in the nation's development as a modern republic. Students will read and study the works of those writers (Emerson and Whitman) whose embracing of democratic energies and creation of aesthetic forms seemed to capture the spirit of a new republican age. We will analyse these much-celebrated works alongside 1) the works of minority writers and 2) the proliferation of mass-marketed popular fiction during this period.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, student will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Identify distinctive features of and evaluate the similarities and differences between various narrative forms (literary, popular and intellectual) in the context of key changes taking place in 19th Century US society and culture.
  2. Think, write and argue about the importance of literary, intellectual and popular approaches in the context of the role of the ‘representative self’ and in relation to advancements in communications and print technologies in 19th Century US society and culture.
  3. Develop a critical stance on the role that literary, intellectual and popular narrative forms play in representing 19th Century US culture as well as imagining and shaping that culture.

Indicative Assessment

Essay of 1,500 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Essay of 2,500 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
In-class oral presentation and 150-200 word write-up of tutorial presentation (20%) [Learning Outcomes  1, 2, 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 1000 level 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 ENGL2005 or ENGL6021.




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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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4652 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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