• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest English
  • Major code ENGL-MAJ

The English major at the ANU offers a wide range of courses reflecting the diversity of the discipline of literary studies in English. There are courses in all the main fields of post-medieval British literary studies from the late sixteenth century to the present day, including the Early Modern, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century, Romantic and Victorian, Modern and Contemporary periods. There are courses in Australian, US, postcolonial and transnational literatures in English; in literary and cultural theory; in drama, film, new media, and creative writing. English 1000 level-courses introduce students to major genres and modes of writing and to literary-critical practice. English 2000/3000 level courses enable students to broaden and develop their knowledge and enjoyment of literature in a variety of important specialist fields.

Learning Outcomes

  1. analyse texts by diverse authors and in different genres in several important fields of literary studies in English;
  2. evaluate the historical and cultural contexts in which literature in English has been written and shaped;
  3. analyse literary texts in relation to these contexts;

  4. interpret, evaluate and make an argument about texts using appropriate written expression; and
  5. undertake further study within the discipline.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ENGL1013 - Reading Across Time and Space: Literary Contexts (6 units)

ENGL1014 - Close Encounters: How to Read Literature (6 units)

A maximum of 30 units from the completion of the following list:

ENGL2006 - Modern American Fiction (6 units)

ENGL2011 - Contemporary Australian Writing (6 units)

ENGL2015 - Creative Writing (6 units)

ENGL2020 - The Text on Stage: Interpreting, Making and Presenting the Play (6 units)

ENGL2038 - Revolution and Romanticism in British Literature, 1789-1832 (6 units)

ENGL2055 - Shakespeare and Film (6 units)

ENGL2067 - Adaptation: From Text to Screen (6 units)

ENGL2068 - Empire and its Fictions (6 units)

ENGL2074 - Jane Austen History and Fiction (6 units)

ENGL2077 - Creative Writing 2: Story to Script (6 units)

ENGL2078 - Creative Writing 3: Advanced Fiction (6 units)

ENGL2080 - Modernist Literature 1890-1940 (6 units)

ENGL2081 - Australian Crimes: Crime Narratives on Page, Stage and Screen (6 units)

ENGL2083 - Foundations of Drama (6 units)

ENGL2084 - Poetry in English from Shakespeare to Postmodernism (6 units)

ENGL2085 - Strange Home: Rethinking Australian Literature (6 units)

ENGL2086 - Literature in the Digital Age: Theories, Texts, Methods (6 units)

ENGL2101 - Modern European Theatre (6 units)

ENGL2108 - Modern Australian Drama (6 units)

ENGL2115 - 20th Century American Drama (6 units)

ENGL2116 - Televisual: Investigating Narrative Television (6 units)

ENGL2117 - The Politics of Comedy from the Globe to The Office (6 units)

GEND2021 - Trauma, Memory and Culture (6 units)

LING2020 - Structure of English (6 units)

LING2104 - The History of the English Language (6 units)

SCRN2002 - Australian Cinema

6 - 18 units from the completion of the following:

CLAS3000 - Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion in the Ancient and Modern Worlds (6 units)

ENGL3005 - 16th, 17th and 18th Century Literature(H) (6 units)

ENGL3008 - Introduction to Literary Theory (6 units)

ENGL3021 - American Literature: Nature, Retreat, Experiment (6 units)

ENGL3022 - 19th and 20th Century Literature (6 units)

ENGL3034 - Queens and Tyrants: Gender and Power in Drama 1580-1630 (6 units)

ENGL3036 - Victorian Literature (6 units)

ENGL3037 - Literature, Law and Human Rights (6 units)

GEND3016 - Writing Lives: Autobiography in Fiction and Memoir (6 units)

SCRN3002 - Screening the Real (6 units)

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