- Code ENGL1013
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject English
- Areas of interest English
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Russell Smith
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2022
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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.
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:
- Read carefully with attention to detail and to the way literary texts are constructed.
- Demonstrate familiarity with a range of approaches to studying the relationship between literary texts and their contexts (historical, literary-historical, political, national).
- Effectively find and use relevant secondary sources and demonstrate an understanding of academic practice in relation to attribution and referencing.
- Present evidence, develop an argument and structure an essay.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Indicative AssessmentIn-class assessment (1000 words, 20%) [learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]
Essay (1500 words, 30%) [learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5]
Essay (2000 words, 40%) [learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,]
Tutorial participation (10%) [learning outcomes 1,2,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Preliminary ReadingJennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
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