• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ian Higgins
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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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.

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. Identify and critically evaluate the relation between a particular text and its generic designation.
  2. Research, think critically and argue about the historical context generic texts respond to and/or the cultural work they perform.
  3. Research, speak and write about critical-theoretic approaches to genre and/or the role of historical contexts in situating generic texts

Indicative Assessment

1 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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1x 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

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL4018

Prescribed Texts

Readings will change according to topics addressed in the course.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6108
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $8736
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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
4155 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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