• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ian Higgins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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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 pervaded 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 the 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. Develop their own skills of literary critical analysis.

Indicative Assessment

Written assignments totalling 4,000 words. Normally one critical essay due in mid-semester and one critical essay due at the end of semester.

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One Lecture per week (20 hours of lectures in total in the semester) and one 1 hour tutorial per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of ENGL courses. Or take permission from the convenor. Incompatible with ENGL6027

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

* Haggard, H. Rider, King Solomon's Mines
* Haggard, H. Rider, She
* Conrad, J, Heart of Darkness

Assumed Knowledge

The knowledge and skills acquired from completing two English courses successfully.




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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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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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
9276 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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