• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Carol Hayes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020.

This course is an introduction to the concepts of literature in a number of Asian traditions. The materials range from ancient to contemporary texts, which will all be presented in accessible English translation. The course will focus on attitudes to literature and explore the variety of texts in Asian literatures, requiring students to consider the relevance of European genre categories: novel, poem, epic etc. in relation to these texts. Thus the main aim is to problematise the relationship between text and genre and issues of translation (across language, history and culture). We will consider how particular texts work and how best they can be categorized in terms of genre. The course will explore some aspects of the social and literary environments that have shaped the production and interpretation of literary texts in both historical and contemporary Asian cultures, and consider the significance of a writer's nationality, cultural background, gender, social class and historical situation in the shaping of a work of literature.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe how practitioners of literary studies have approached the study of Asia and the Pacific;
  2. Make critical use of concepts and analytic tools from literary studies to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia and the Pacific;
  3. Evaluate how the study of Asia and the Pacific has influenced, and might influence, global literary studies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reading Responses (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Participation (10) [LO 1,2, 3]
  3. Vodcasts (2) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Essay Outline (Research Question & Primary Source analysis) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Essay, 2500 words (25) [LO 1,2,3]

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

All readings will be available on-line

Preliminary Reading

All readings will be available on-line



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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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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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
9370 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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