• Class Number 5597
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Julieanne Lamond
    • Dr Julieanne Lamond
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
    • Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes
SELT Survey Results

How does literature travel? How do texts shape, and get shaped by, place and history? This course will introduce you to a range of critical and contextual approaches to the study of literature. You will examine the ways literary texts have circulated in global culture and how they are connected with notions of empire, nation and exile, international markets and literary celebrity. You will look at literature from diasporic, postcolonial and settler contexts, as well as texts from the heart of empire. Texts studied may include, for example, H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds in light of Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 film District 9, and Nam Le’s The Boat alongside Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. You will trace literary genres and movements such as modernism, science fiction and the gothic across time and place in novels, short fiction, film and poetry.

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. Read carefully with attention to detail and to the way literary texts are constructed.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with a range of approaches to studying the relationship between literary texts and their contexts (historical, literary-historical, political, national).
  3. Effectively find and use relevant secondary sources and demonstrate an understanding of academic practice in relation to attribution and referencing.
  4. Present evidence, develop an argument and structure an essay.
  5. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Required Resources

You are required to purchase or borrow the following texts

Novels: Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (Constable & Robinson)

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Norton Critical Edition)

H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds (Penguin Classic)

Ellen Van Neerven, Heat and Light (University of Queensland Press)

We will also be studying some short fiction, which will be made available on Wattle, and the films District 9 (directed by Neill Blomkamp) and The Sapphires (directed by Wayne Blair). Streamed versions of the two films will be available through the Chifley Library Catalogue. 

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction
2 The Short Story
3 Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
4 Gothic Travels: Poe, Lawson, Baynton
5 Essay Writing In-Class assessment: reading criticism and referencing exercise
6 Musical-comedy and Protest: The Sapphires Short essay and annotated bibliography due Monday 6th September, 8pm.
7 Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
8 Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
9 Wells, The War of the Worlds
10 Science Fiction Travels: Neill Blomkamp's District 9
11 Close to Home: Ellen Van Neerven, Heat and Light
12 Final Assessment Consultations Long essay due Wednesday, 3rd November, 8pm.

Tutorial Registration


Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
1. Tutorial Participation 10 % * 1,2,5
Reading Journal 10 % * 1,2,5
In class assessment: reading criticism and referencing exercise 20 % 25/08/2021 3
Short Essay and Annotated Bibliography 30 % 06/09/2021 1,2,3,4,5
Long Essay 30 % 03/11/2021 1,2,3,4,5

* 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

1. Tutorial Participation

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

How do we grade for tutorial participation?

At the end of each tutorial, your tutor will give each student a mark out of 5 for that tutorial. If you do not attend a tutorial and have no medical certificate, your grade for that tutorial will be 0. If you cannot attend your tutorial time that week, please attend another and let your tutor know by email.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

Reading Journal

The aim of the reading journal is to establish and continue the scholarly practice of reading and writing in preparation for your tutorials, and to improve the quality of your engagement with the texts and of tutorial discussion.This assessment requires students to:

  1. Write a paragraph (at least 150 words) addressing one of the tutorial questions on Wattle in preparation for each tutorial
  2. Post to Wattle prior to your tutorial;
  3. Discuss your work with a fellow student in tutorials.

In tutorials, we will dedicate a short period of time for you to discuss your ideas with a fellow student in pairs. Your tutor will contribute to a different pair’s discussion each week. Your reading journal entry should also provide you with a basis for contributing to the tutorial – your tutor will provide opportunities to share your ideas throughout the tutorial.

Assessment of this task consists of two components:

  1. Participation in assessment (number of reading journal posts across the semester) (5%)
  2. Quality of journal entry as assessed in paired discussion in tutorials (5%).

Assessment Criteria: Engagement with primary and/or secondary texts, originality of ideas, relevance to lecture/tutorial discussions to date.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/08/2021
Learning Outcomes: 3

In class assessment: reading criticism and referencing exercise

Details of task: The aim of this assignment is to improve the quality of your critical engagement with secondary materials and to demonstrate correct referencing. This is a 45 minute in-class test. It will take place in tutorials in Week 5 (24-25 August).

This task requires students to:

  1. Read a critical article and identify its argument, its forms of evidence and some key points about its structure and
  2. Provide the correct reference details for the critical article you summarise (following the referencing style provided on Wattle)

Word limit: 250 -500 words

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Short Essay and Annotated Bibliography

There are two parts to this assessment task.

 You must complete both parts of this task:

 a)     1,500 word essay on one novel or film or one or two short stories set between weeks 1-6 of the course

Value: 20%

b)     At the end of your essay, include an annotated bibliography of two of the scholarly works that you have researched, read and drawn on for your ‘Short Essay’ argument.

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 03/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Long Essay

2,000 word essay on two texts set on the course, at least one of which must be from weeks 7-12 of the course. You cannot write on a text that you wrote on for your ‘Short Essay’.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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) 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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. 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.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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

Research Interests

Australian literature, literature and gender

Dr Julieanne Lamond

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Dr Julieanne Lamond

Research Interests

Dr Julieanne Lamond

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Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes

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