• 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 as well as literary works about digital technology, and to employ new digital approaches to literary studies. Students will develop analytical skills for engaging with literary documents, in and about 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. Evaluate and apply digital methods to research questions in literary studies;
  4. Interpret and analyse digital literary texts and literary texts about digital technology in the context of theoretical perspectives on digital literature and digital media.

Indicative Assessment

Online tutorial activities (1000 words) (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
Method application and analysis (2000 words) (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
Essay (3000 words) (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact comprised of: 1x2 hour lecture and 1x1 hour tutorial over 8 weeks; and 1x1 hour lecture and 1x2 hour tutorial over 4 weeks;
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4109 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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