• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Literature

This course introduces students to diverse concepts of literature from a number of traditions from the Asian and Pacific region. The materials range from ancient to contemporary texts, which will all be presented in accessible English translation. Works studied will vary from year to year, and may include such forms as oracle bones, religious narratives, poetry, puppet theatre, classic novels, oral storytelling, folk tales and/or recent fiction, among others. Students will have the opportunity to critically reflect on the similarities and differences between literary forms from the Asian and Pacific region and European categories, such as the novel, poem, or epic. The course examines how and why literary forms have been significant within different Asian or Pacific societies and considers what it means to translate such literary works across language, history and culture. The course further explores aspects of the social and literary environments that have shaped the production and interpretation of literary texts in historical and contemporary cultures, and considers the impact of a writer's nationality, cultural background, gender, social class and historical situation on the shaping of a work of literature.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe how practitioners of literary studies have approached the study of the Asian and Pacific region;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth, diversity and significance of literary forms within the Asian and Pacific region;
  3. Apply concepts and analytical tools from literary studies in ways that demonstrate critical thinking;
  4. Interpret primary sources in the context of scholarly debates and relevant intellectual traditions;
  5. Evaluate how the study of the Asian and Pacific region has influenced, and might influence, global literary studies;
  6. Communicate complex ideas in writing, speech, and/or multimedia, justifying methods and approaches as appropriate, individually and/or collaboratively.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Tutorial Presentation (10) [LO 2,3,6]
  3. Reading Responses (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Creative Project (2000 words or equivalent) (30) [LO 2,3,6]
  5. Essay (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in-class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

All readings will be available on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

All readings will be available on Wattle.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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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
3502 23 Feb 2026 02 Mar 2026 31 Mar 2026 29 May 2026 In Person N/A

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