• Class Number 3476
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Julieanne Lamond
    • Dr Julieanne Lamond
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course examines a range of literary, theatrical and cinematic crime narratives from the 19th century to the present. It explores Australian literary, stage and screen history through the ideas of crime and the criminal, introducing students to key 19th and 20th century  texts and investigating the relationships between literature, ethics, law and society. It also introduces students to a range of critical approaches to reading genres such as detective and noir fiction, the western, and the gangster film. Films studied may include The Proposition and Animal Kingdom, and writers considered may include Marcus Clarke, Mary Fortune, Kim Scott and Dorothy Porter.

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. Think critically about notions of crime, justice and ethics in relation to literature and Australian culture
  2. Write critically about a range of literary and cinematic genres
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate literary and cinematic texts, and popular discourses of crime and criminality
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with a range of key Australian texts and films from the early nineteenth century to the present
  5. Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.

Required Resources

You are required to purchase or borrow the following texts (all are available from the Co-op Bookshop on campus):

Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life (Angus & Robertson) (this novel is available to read online through austlit.edu.au)

Kim Scott, Benang (Fremantle)

Nicole Watson, The Boundary

Dorothy Porter, The Monkey’s Mask (Picador)

Gordon Graham, The Boys (Currency Press)

Films (screenings will be held):

Rowan Woods, dir. The Boys

John Hillcoat, dir. The Proposition

David Michod, dir. Animal Kingdom

TV Series: (episodes 1-2 will be screened. Also available on Itunes and Amazon Prime):

Rachel Perkins, dir. Mystery Road.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Detailed written feedback will be provided on assessments 2, 3 and 5.
  • Students are very welcome to come and see me during my consultation time for feedback on essay plans or essay comments and marks.
  • Students will receive immediate feedback on reading journal entries from peers and tutors in class.
  • Indicative tutorial participation marks will be provided on request.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing Requirements

1. Format

  • Your text should be double-spaced.
  • The pages should be consecutively numbered.

2. Style


  • If they do not exceed three lines, quotations should appear in the text in inverted commas, “like this.”
  • If quotations are longer, they should be set apart from the main text, without inverted commas, indented and single-spaced.
  • Quotations should fit with the syntax or flow of your sentence, or otherwise should be separately introduced (see examples below).
  • Deletions from quotations should be indicated by three full stops (…), and your additions should be enclosed in square brackets [thus].
  • All quotations should be followed by a page reference; for poems: section and/or line reference; for plays: page reference, or act and line reference as appropriate.


In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Duchess insists that “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it” (95).

In Through the Looking Glass, Alice is indifferent to the transience of beauty:

What mattered it to her just then that the rushes had begun to fade, and to lose all their scent and beauty, from the very moment she had picked them? (215)


a) Titles of books, plays and films, long poems, and periodicals should be italicized or underlined.

         book, play or film:   The Bell Jar; The Merchant of Venice; Clueless

         long poem:             Paradise Lost; The Waste Land

         periodical:              Film Quarterly

b) Titles of chapters, articles, essays, short stories and short poems in collections or periodicals should be put in “inverted commas”:

         chapter, article or essay:    “Down the Rabbit-Hole”; “Emma becomes Clueless”

         short story or short poem: “Bliss”; “London’s Summer Morning”

3. Citation of sources

You are welcome to use in-text citation or footnotes – simply ensure that whichever system you use is clear, consistent and provides sufficient information for the reader to find the source of the reference.

A suggested means of documenting your published sources is that recommended by the Modern Language Association in its MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th edition. A useful summary of the relevant guidelines is available here: http://www.library.cornell.edu/newhelp/res_strategy/citing/mla.html

All you have to do to acknowledge the sources of direct quotations is to include a Bibliography at the back of your method analysis and essay, with the relevant publication details. When you incorporate a quotation from the text in your method application or essay, cite the author’s name and the relevant page number(s) in brackets immediately following the second pair of inverted commas, or just the page number if the author is clear from the context. If your bibliography contains several works by the same author, identify your citation by author name and year of publication.

Examples of citation in text:

Henry Giroux argues that youth are often portrayed in Hollywood films as “dangerous, mindless, addicted to drugs or socially irresponsible” (284).

Chris Crawford argues that “The Sims does not come close to true interactive storytelling” (Crawford 2003, 261).

Example bibliography:

Crawford, Chris. “Interactive Storytelling.” In Mark J.P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, eds. The Video Game Theory Reader. New York: Routledge, 2003. 259-74.

—. The Art of Computer Game Design. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984. http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/fac/peabody/game-book/Coverpage.html Accessed 30 June 2005.

Giroux, Henry A. “Neoliberalism and the Disappearance of the Social in Ghost World.” Third Text 17.2 (2003): 151-161.

How to cite a book:

Last name, First name. Title. City of publication: publisher, date of publication.


McCloud, Scott. Understanding comics. New York: Harper, 1994.

How to cite a chapter or article in a book:

Author Last name, First name. “Chapter/Article Title.” In Editor First name Last name, ed. Book Title. City of publication: publisher, date of publication. Page numbers.


Crawford, Chris. “Interactive Storytelling.” In Mark J.P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, eds. The Video Game Theory Reader. New York: Routledge, 2003. 259-74.

How to cite a journal article:

Last name, First name. “Article title.” Journal Title volume number.issue number (year of publication): page numbers.


Giroux, Henry A. “Neoliberalism and the Disappearance of the Social in Ghost World.” Third Text 17.2 (2003): 151-161.

How to cite a magazine/newspaper/journal article from an online source:

Author Last name, First name. “Article Title.” Publication Title or Name of Website. Day month year of publication/posting. Exact URL of content (not the main webpage). Accessed: date you accessed the article.


Doane, Rex. “A Conversation with Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes.” Salon.com. 27 July 2001. http://dir.salon.com/people/conv/2001/07/27/zwigoff_clowes/index.html?pn=1 Accessed 30 June 2005.

How to cite a film:

Film Title. Dir. Director’s first name last name. Distributor or production company, year of release.


On Our Selection. Dir. Ken G. Hall. Cinesound, 1932.

How to cite a newspaper (or other publication) article with no author:

“Article title.” Title of newspaper. Date, edition (if required): page number.


“Study Ties Self-Delusion to Successful Marriages.” New York Times 2 Jan. 1998, late ed.: A11.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture: Introduction
2 Crime and Fiction
3 Reading Marcus Clarke
4 History, violence and the Australian Western
5 Uncanny Transportation: Marcus Clarke's Gothic Convicts
6 Masculinity on Trial
7 Law, Literature and the Stolen Generations Assignment 2 (short essay) due
8 Legal Fictions
9 All in the family: contemporary Australian Crime Film
10 Poetic Justic
11 Crime, Adaptation, Television
12 The Boundary

Tutorial Registration


Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Reading Journal 5 % 01/01/2029 02/01/2028 1,2,3,4
Short Essay 30 % 05/04/2019 26/04/2019 1,2,3,4
Major Essay 45 % 05/06/2019 26/06/2019 1,2,3,4
Participation 5 % 01/01/2029 02/01/2029 1,2,3,4
Critical Analysis 15 % 15/03/2019 05/04/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 02/01/2028
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Reading Journal

Details of task: The reading journal assessment aims to have you think about and prepare for tutorials each week, and to build a body of writing about the texts that you can use to prepare your essays. This assessment requires students to:

  1. Write a paragraph (at least 150 words) in preparation for each tutorial. You can address one of the tutorial questions posted on Wattle - you do not need to do so. You can also examine a passage, stylistic question or idea in one of the texts set for the week (either primary or secondary).
  2. Share that work with another student in the first 5 mins of each tutorial
  3. Be prepared to discuss journal entries during class.

Assessment rubric:

Word limit: Approximately 1500 words over the semester.

Value: 5%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 05/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 26/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Short Essay

Details of task: 1,500 word essay on one novel or film or two short stories (questions available on Wattle)

Assessment rubric: Available on Wattle

Value: 30%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 05/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 26/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Major Essay

Details of Task: 2,500 word essay (must focus on a different text from short essay); questions available on wattle.

Assessment rubric: Available on wattle

Value: 45%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 02/01/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Details of task: Participation in tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory unless a doctor’s certificate is provided. Absence from tutorials will affect your participation mark.

Assessment criteria: Participation in discussion; evidence of preparation for tutorials (having read and thought about the texts); generosity and thoughtfulness in class discussions.

Value: 5%

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 15/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Critical Analysis

Details of Task: 1000 word critical analysis of one short story, developed in consultation with lecturer.

Value: 15%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

A message will be posted on Wattle when assignments, grades and comments are available to be accessed via Wattle. It is anticipated that assessed work will be returned within three weeks of submission.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Julieanne Lamond
02 6125 4786

Research Interests

Australian literary culture and history, book history, readers and audiences, digital humanities, film (especially production and reception), literature and politics, popular fiction and culture.

Dr Julieanne Lamond

Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Dr Julieanne Lamond
6125 4786

Research Interests

Dr Julieanne Lamond

Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Wednesday 14:00 15:00

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