• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Amelia Dale
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course is no longer required for admission to English Honours.

Early Modern to Eighteenth Century Literature studies selected poetry, prose and drama from the late 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The course involves the analysis of literary works and investigation of germane contexts (literary, social and political). Authors to be studied can include canonical figures such as Shakespeare, Milton, Rochester, Behn, Swift, Haywood, Lennox and Sterne, as well as less well-known writers and popular texts that often circulated anonymously or pseudonymously.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts of the literature of this period to some major authors, works, and genres;
  2. identify key elements that are distinctive to the artistic achievement of early modern and eighteenth-century writers;
  3. reflect and write analytically about the literary texts and their contexts; and
  4. develop their own skills of literary critical analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1 x 3500 word essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Journal task (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Essay preparation task (500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Tutorial presentation and participation (10) [LO 1,2,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of seminars and 12 hours of tutorials.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level English (ENGL) courses, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL6020.

Prescribed Texts

  • The Knight of the Burning Pestle
  • Joseph Andrews
  • The Female Quixote
  • Tristram Shandy
  • Polly Honeycombe

Assumed Knowledge

The knowledge and skills acquired from completing two English courses successfully.


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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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
8636 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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