• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Drama, English, History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This interdisciplinary course will focus on novels, plays and other publications by canonical authors such as Jane Austen, Jonathan Swift, Virginia Woolf and William Shakespeare or newly canonical writers like Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith and Sarah Waters. Usually focused on one author, the course provides the opportunity to delve deeply into the life, works and sociohistorical contexts of a writer deemed 'great', as well as the opportunity to interrogate the construction of the concept of a 'great writer' itself. Each text will provide a starting point from which we will explore the representation of broad themes of historical and literary significance relating to the texts' historical and literary contexts. The course will examine the ways in which knowledge of the periods in which authors wrote enriches our understanding of their work and how texts in turn participate in certain crucial debates and developments of the period in which they are published or produced. The course will engage with questions of gender in texts' production and reception.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply understanding of the historical contexts of an author's work to specific texts by significant authors;
  2. identify key elements that are distinctive in authors' narrative style and artistic achievement; and
  3. reflect, discuss and write analytically about what an author's texts tell us about the society of their time.

Indicative Assessment

  1. (2000 word) essay (45) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. (2000 word) essay (45) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. In-class analyses (10) [LO 1,2,3]

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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

You cannot enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL6222. Students who have completed ENGL2074, please contact the convener for further advice and a permission code.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts will be listed according to the authors studied in the course.

Preliminary Reading

Supplemental readings will be provide on Wattle.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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