- Code ENGL4019
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject English
- Areas of interest Drama, English, World Literature, Literature
Each work of literature has a history. This history focuses our attention on how books, plays and films are produced, how they circulate across nations and across time, and the multiple contexts and forms in which they are interpreted. This course asks students to employ a range of approaches to understand the complex histories surrounding the production and reception of literary works from the 17th century to the digital age, and how these histories are connected to a text’s accumulation of meaning . Topics may include: the global novel; authorship and authority; the Victorian novel then and now; Andrew Marvell in context; making theatre; taste, aesthetics and cultural value, and the history of reading.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Research the relationship between a literary text and the historical, political or social contexts within which it is produced and interpreted
- Analyse key approaches to researching the circulation and reception of literary texts
- Critically evaluate theories of authorship, reception or production in relation to literary texts
- Research and apply critical approaches to the contextual analysis of literary texts.
- 1 x 10-minute oral presentation, including questions for discussion, focused on one of the theoretical approaches (10) [LO 1,2]
- 1 x 4500-5000 word essay on the same topic as the presentation. (40) [LO 1,2]
- 1 x 5000 word essay that analyses key text/s, from your Honours thesis in terms of one of the theoretical approaches or models set for class discussion. (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 36 hours of seminars; b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will change according to topic/s covered in the course.
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