• Class Number 5493
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Kate Flaherty
    • Dr Kate Flaherty
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

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; Andrew Marvell in context; 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.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Style guide for written work

1. Format

You must leave a margin of approximately 2cm on each side of your page

Your text should be double-spaced.

Please number your pages.

2. Style


If they do not exceed two or three lines, quotations should appear in the text in inverted commas, “like this.”

If quotations are longer, they should be set apart from the main text (skip a line), without inverted commas, indented and single-spaced.

Quotations should fit with the syntax or flow of your sentence, or otherwise should be separately introduced (see examples below).

Deletions from quotations should be indicated by three full stops (…), and additions by yourself should be enclosed in square brackets [thus].

All quotations should be followed by a page reference; for poems: section and/or line reference; for plays: page reference, or act and line reference as appropriate.


In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Duchess insists that “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it” (95).

In Through the Looking Glass, Alice is indifferent to the transience of beauty:

What mattered it to her just then that the rushes had begun to fade, and to lose all their scent and beauty, from the very moment she had picked them? (215)


a) Titles of books, plays and films, long poems, and periodicals should be italicized or underlined.

book, play or film: The Bell Jar; The Merchant of Venice; Clueless

long poem: Paradise Lost; The Waste Land

periodical: Film Quarterly

b) Titles of chapters, articles, essays, short stories and short poems in collections or periodicals should be put in “inverted commas”:

chapter, article or essay: “Down the Rabbit-Hole”; “Emma becomes Clueless”

short story or short poem: “Bliss”; “London’s Summer Morning”

3. Citation of sources

You are welcome to use in-text citation or footnotes – simply ensure that whichever system you use is clear, consistent and provides sufficient information for the reader to find the source of the reference.

A suggested means of documenting your published sources is that recommended by the Modern Language Association in its MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition. Useful summaries of the relevant guidelines are available here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html

All you have to do to acknowledge the sources of direct quotations is to include a Bibliography at the back of your essay, with the relevant publication details. When you incorporate a quotation from the text in your essay, cite the author’s name and the relevant page number(s) in brackets immediately following the second pair of inverted commas, or just the page number if the author is clear from the context. If your bibliography contains several works by the same author, identify your citation by author name and title or shortened title.


Henry Giroux argues that youth are often portrayed in Hollywood films as “dangerous, mindless, addicted to drugs or socially irresponsible” (284).

Chris Crawford argues that “The Sims does not come close to true interactive storytelling” (“Interactive” 261).


Crawford, Chris. “Interactive Storytelling.” The Video Game Theory Reader, edited by Mark J.P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, Routledge, 2003, pp. 259-74.

—. The Art of Computer Game Design. McGraw-Hill, 1984.

Giroux, Henry A. “Neoliberalism and the Disappearance of the Social in Ghost World.” Third Text, vol.17, no.2, 2003, pp. 151-161.

Note that not all items in your bibliography may be quoted in the text; however, you should list in the bibliography all sources that have influenced your thinking in writing the essay.


Last name, First name. Title. Publisher, year of publication.


McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics. Harper, 1994.


Author Last name, First name. “Chapter/Article Title.” Book Title, edited by First Name Last name, Publisher, year of publication, pp. page numbers.


Crawford, Chris. “Interactive Storytelling.” The Video Game Theory Reader, edited by Mark J.P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, Routledge, 2003,pp. 259-74.


Last name, First name. “Article title.” Journal Title, vol. number, no. number, year of publication, pp. page numbers.


Giroux, Henry A. “Neoliberalism and the Disappearance of the Social in Ghost World.” Third Text, vol.17, no.2, 2003, pp. 151-161.


Author Last name, First name. “Article Title.” Publication Title or Name of Website. Day month year of publication/posting. Exact URL of content (not the main webpage).


Doane, Rex. “A Conversation with Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes.” Salon.com, 27 July 2001. http://dir.salon.com/people/conv/2001/07/27/zwigoff_clowes/index.html?pn=1


Film Title. Dir. Director’s first name last name. Distributor or production company, year of release.


On Our Selection. Dir. Ken G. Hall. Cinesound, 1932.


“Article title.” Title of newspaper. Date, edition (if required), pp. page number.


“Study Ties Self-Delusion to Successful Marriages.” New York Times, 2 Jan. 1998, late ed., pp. A11.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction and allocation of seminar leading teams and topics
2 King Lear contexts: sources and politics Essay 1; part 1
3 King Lear production: theatre and court Essay 1; part 2
4 King Lear production: printing and editing Essay 1; part 3
5 King Lear: language Essay 1, part 4
6 King Lear production workshop: bodies and spaces Seminar preparation due
7 King Lear production: theatre and theatre reviews
8 King Lear reception: political readings: gender and class Essay 2: part 1
9 King Lear adaptation: Film and television I Essay 2: part 2; Seminar leading
10 King Lear adaptation: Film and television II Seminar leading
11 King Lear adaptation: formats for children and education Essay 2: part 3; Seminar leading
12 King Lear adaptation: fiction and graphic novels Seminar leading

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
1. Seminar leadership (presentation) 20 % 3,4
2. Essay 1 (4 parts) 20 % 1,2
3. Essay 2 (3 parts) 60 % 2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


All items of assessment (Seminar leading, Essay 1, and Essay 2) must be attempted in order to complete the course.

In-person participation is expected for all seminars.  

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

1. Seminar leadership (presentation)

Lead 1hr seminar (in pairs): select adaptation(s); set reading; create lesson plan

Preparation due wk 8

Seminars wk 9/10/11/12


See Wattle for detailed information and rubric.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

2. Essay 1 (4 parts)

4 x 500-word submissions

Due wks 2, 3, 4, 5


See Wattle for detailed information and rubric.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

3. Essay 2 (3 parts)

3 x 1500-2000-word essays

Due wks 8, 9, 11

See Wattle for detailed information and rubric.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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