• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English, Digital Humanities

This course explores what is happening to literature, and its study, in the digital age. Digital technologies are profoundly affecting how literature is produced, read, and analysed. This course explores new theoretical perspectives on literature arising from this context: from innovative conceptions of textuality, authorship, and reading, to changing understandings of the book, publishing, and the library. These theoretical paradigms provide a framework for students to read new digital literary works, in poetry and prose, and employ new digital approaches to literary studies. Students will develop analytical skills for engaging with literary documents, in digital forms and/or with digital methods, and for exploring a range of issues relevant to our increasingly digital textual world, including authority, originality, and reproducibility. No technical background is required.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Analyse and discuss the impact of digital technologies on literature, literary studies, and literary theory;
  2. Assess and evaluate theoretical perspectives on digital literature and digital media;
  3. Interpret and analyse digital literary texts in the context of theoretical perspectives on digital literature and digital media;
  4. Discuss and evaluate the application of digital methods and practices to research questions in literary studies.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) [LO 1-4]
Ten-minute tutorial presentation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3 or 1, 2, 4]
Essay 1, 2500 words (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
Essay 2, 2500 words (40%)[LO 1, 2, 4]

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL2086.

Prescribed Texts

A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, edited by Ray Simens and Susan Schreibman. Blackwell Publishing, 2008. [Freely available: http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companionDLS/]

Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology, edited by Kenneth Price and Ray Siemens. MLA Commons, 2013 [Freely available: https://dlsanthology.commons.mla.org/]

Further readings will be available from the course Wattle site.


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:
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 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
9490 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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