• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ian Higgins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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This course examines some landmarks in the literary history of late 19th and early 20th century imperialism. The focus is on novels of the British Empire, although a French novel in English translation will also be studied. The course involves the analysis of literary works and investigation of germane contexts (political, social, literary etc). Particular attention will be paid to issues of race relations, gender and class generated by the texts. The course will explore some significant metropolitan works that are pervaded by empire and its discontents. The set texts include novels by H. Rider Haggard, Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells, Bram Stoker, Evelyn Waugh, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Genres studied include: adventure romance, scientific romance, imperial gothic, terrorist novel, satiric fiction, and the essay.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts of the literature of this period to some major authors, works and genres;
  2. identify key elements that are distinctive to the literary achievement of some landmark writers in the literary history of the British empire;
  3. reflect and write analytically about literary texts in the context of British imperialism; and
  4. develop their own skills of literary critical analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 2 x 2500 word essays (50% each) (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of ENGL courses, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL6027.

Prescribed Texts

L-F Celine, Journey to the End of the Night (New Directions)

J. Conrad, Heart of Darkness and Other Tales (Oxford World's Classics)

H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines (Oxford World's Classics)

B. Stoker, Dracula (Oxford World's Classics)

E. Waugh, Decline and Fall (Penguin)

H.G. Wells, The Time Machine (Penguin Classics)

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

Assumed Knowledge

The knowledge and skills acquired from completing two English courses successfully.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4135 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View

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