- Code ENGL4018
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject English
- Areas of interest Drama, English, World Literature, Literature, Film
Genre refers to a classification or family of texts that are organised by and share certain rules and/or formula. It also refers to a kind of meaning-making or to a set of knowledges that respond to but can also shape and generate new understandings of the world. In this course, you will learn to think critically about the important role that genre has played in literary history and about the relationship between genre and various literary forms (which may include poetry, the novel, film, television). Students undertaking this course will learn how to identify and critically evaluate a text’s particular engagement with the genre in which it is situated. You will be asked to evaluate the ways in which particular texts conform to, reinforce, subvert or transform their generic designation and/or respond to and activate new understandings of the world. Topics may include: Satire; Testimony and Life Writing; Speculative Fiction; Comedy; Tragedy; Sensation; Crime, Melodrama; Big Books: George Eliot and Henry Handel Richardson. Each topic will be taught by a scholar researching in the relevant area.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and critically evaluate the relation between a particular text and its generic designation.
- Research, think critically and argue about the historical context generic texts respond to and/or the cultural work they perform
- Research, speak and write about critical-theoretic approaches to genre and/or the role of historical contexts in situating generic texts
Indicative Assessment1 x 10-minute Oral presentation, including questions for discussion (10%) (LOs 1, 2 & 3)
1 x 4500-5000 word essay on the same topic as the presentation. (40%) (LOs 1, 2 & 3)
1 x 5000 word research essay on a text. (50%) (LOs 1, 2 & 3)
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Workload1x 3 hour seminar per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 17 hours of independent study per week over the duration of the semester (total 260 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will change according to topics addressed in the course.
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of English Major or equivalent.
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|15 Feb 2016
|26 Feb 2016
|31 Mar 2016
|27 May 2016