• 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

ENGL1014 - Close Encounters: How to Read Literature

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

ENGL2015 - Creative Writing

ENGL2020 - The Text on Stage: Interpreting, Making and Presenting the Play

ENGL2067 - Adaptation: From Text to Screen

ENGL2068 - Empire and its Fictions

ENGL2074 - Jane Austen History and Fiction

ENGL2077 - Creative Writing 2: Story to Script to Performance

ENGL2078 - Creative Writing 3: Advanced Fiction

ENGL2085 - Strange Home: Rethinking Australian Literature

ENGL2116 - Televisual: Investigating Narrative Television

LING2020 - Structure of English

LING2104 - The History of the English Language

ENGL2040 -The Making of Literature: Topics in Literary Production and Reception

ENGL2222 - Great Writers: Gender, Authorship and History

ENGL2087 - Reality Effects: Truth, Representation and Narrative Form

ENGL2111 - Imaginary Journeys: Writing Travel in Australian Literature and Film

6 - 18 units from the completion of the following:

CLAS3000 - Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion in the Ancient and Modern Worlds

ENGL3005 - Early Modern to Eighteenth Century Literature (H)

ENGL3008 - Theories and Methodologies for Literary Studies

ENGL3021 - American Literature: Nature, Retreat, Experiment

ENGL3022 - Literature and Modernity

ENGL3036 - Victorian Literature

ENGL3037 - Literature, Law and Human Rights

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