• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Drama, English, World Literature, Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Millicent Weber
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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Each work of literature has a history. This history focuses our attention on how books, plays and films are produced, how they circulate across nations and across time, and the multiple contexts and forms in which they are interpreted. This course asks students to employ a range of approaches to understand the complex histories surrounding the production and reception of literary works from the 17th century to the digital age, and how these histories are connected to a text’s accumulation of meaning . Topics may include: the global novel; authorship and authority; the Victorian novel then and now; making theatre; taste, aesthetics and cultural value, and the history of reading.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. research the relationship between a literary text and the historical, political or social contexts within which it is produced and interpreted;
  2. analyse key approaches to researching the circulation and reception of literary texts;
  3. critically evaluate theories of authorship, reception or production in relation to literary texts; and
  4. research and apply critical approaches to the contextual analysis of literary texts.

Other Information

This course will be run as an intensive, with 2 x 2-hour seminars in each of weeks 1-6 of semester.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1 x 15-minute oral presentation, including questions for discussion, focused on one of the theoretical approaches (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. 1 x abstract and essay plan (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. 1 x 5000 word essay that analyses key text/s, from your Honours thesis in terms of one of the theoretical approaches or models set for class discussion. (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from: 

a) 24 hours of contact with instructor over 6 weeks (2 x 2 hour seminars in weeks 1-6 of Semester)

b) 236 hours of independent student research, reading and writing (approximately 15-20 hours per week).

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL8019.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will change according to topic/s covered in the course.


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:
12 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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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $7920
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $10200
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5493 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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