• 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, Literature

This course examines questions of how literary texts are produced and read. It introduces students to the back story of literary works, examining how they come to take their eventual form on the page or stage, and what happens to them once they are made. It asks: what forces shape literary works, including their material or embodied forms and their ability to travel? How do we trace the afterlife of literary texts in their histories of readership, audience, reception and performance? Students will encounter a range of theories and methodologies for the study of production and reception which may include: book history, reception theory, the sociology of the book, publishing studies, and histories of reading, authorship and performance.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. evaluate and apply a range of methodological approaches in the examination of the production and/or reception of a literary work;
  2. demonstrate familiarity with theories of literary production and reception;
  3. evaluate the historical and cultural contexts that shape literary production and reception; and
  4. understand and successfully deploy, through advanced writing and research skills, a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. (2500 word) essay or creative equivalent (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. (2500 word) essay or creative equivalent (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. In-class activities (10) [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

You cannot enrol in this course if you have previously completed course ENGL2040.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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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
3637 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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