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

A study of selected poetry, prose and drama from the late 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. This course involves the analysis of literary works and investigation of germane contexts (literary, social and political). Authors to be studied will include Shakespeare, Donne, Marvell, Milton, Rochester, Behn, Dryden, Swift, Pope, Gay and Johnson.

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. 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 artistic achievement of early modern writers.
  3. Reflect and write analytically about the literary texts and their contexts.
  4. Develop their own skills of literary critical analysis.
  5. Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.

Indicative Assessment

2000 word essay (40%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
2000 word essay (40%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
1000 word critical analysis (20%) (LO5)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Masters level program. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENGL3005.

Prescribed Texts

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Ninth Edition, Volume B The Sixteenth/The Early Seventeenth Century and Volume C The Restoration and The Eighteenth Century.

Preliminary Reading

Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

As per prescribed texts


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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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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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
3656 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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