• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest English
  • Major code ENGL-MAJ

The English major at the ANU offers a wide range of courses reflecting the diversity of the discipline of literary studies in English. There are courses in all the main fields of post-medieval British literary studies from the late sixteenth century to the present day, including the Early Modern, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century, Romantic and Victorian, Modern and Contemporary periods. There are courses in Australian, US, postcolonial and transnational literatures in English; in literary and cultural theory; in drama, film, new media, and creative writing. English 1000 level-courses introduce students to major genres and modes of writing and to literary-critical practice. English 2000/3000 level courses enable students to broaden and develop their knowledge and enjoyment of literature in a variety of important specialist fields.

Learning Outcomes

  1. analyse texts by diverse authors and in different genres in several important fields of literary studies in English;
  2. evaluate the historical and cultural contexts in which literature in English has been written and shaped;
  3. analyse literary texts in relation to these contexts;

  4. interpret, evaluate and make an argument about texts using appropriate written expression; and
  5. undertake further study within the discipline.
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Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:


12 units from the completion of the following introductory courses:

ENGL1013 - Reading Across Time and Space: Literary Contexts

ENGL1014 - Close Encounters: How to Read Literature


A maximum of 30 units from the following intermediate level course list:

ENGL2015 - Creative Writing

ENGL2020 - Texts in Performance

ENGL2067 - Adaptation: From Text to Screen

ENGL2068 - Empire and its Fictions

ENGL2077 - Creative Writing 2: Story to Script to Performance

ENGL2078 - Creative Writing 3: Advanced Fiction

ENGL2085 - Strange Home: Rethinking Australian Literature

ENGL2116 - Televisual: Investigating Narrative Television

LING2020 - Structure of English

LING2104 - The History of the English Language

ENGL2040 -The Making of Literature: Topics in Literary Production and Reception

ENGL2222 - Great Writers: Gender, Authorship and History

ENGL2087 - Reality Effects: Truth, Representation and Narrative Form

ENGL2111 - Imaginary Journeys: Writing Travel in Australian Literature and Film


A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 18 units from the following advanced level course list:

ENGL3005 - Early Modern to Eighteenth Century Literature (H)

ENGL3008 - Theories and Methodologies for Literary Studies

ENGL3021 - American Literature: Nature, Retreat, Experiment

ENGL3022 - Literature and Modernity

ENGL3036 - Victorian Literature

ENGL3037 - Literature, Law and Human Rights

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
  ENGL 1004: Intro to Aust Lit
  ENGL 1008: Intro to Novel
  ENGL 1009: Exploring Poetry
  ENGL 1012: My Generation: Narratives

A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
  ENGL 2108: Mod Aust Drama
  ENGL 2005: 19th Century US Literature
  ENGL 2006: Modern American Fiction
  ENGL 2008: 19th & 20th C Lit
  ENGL 2009: Intro to Literary Theory
  ENGL 2011: Contemp Aust Writing
  ENGL 2012: Renaissance Drama
  ENGL 3007: Post-Colonial Literature
  ENGL 2055: Shakespeare and Film
  ENGL 2061: Victorian Literature
  FILM 2066: Australian Cinema: Kelly Gang
ENGL2067 Adaptation: From Text to Screen 6
ENGL2068 Empire and its Fictions 6
  ENGL 2069: Modern Novel Into Film
  ENGL 2074: Jane Austen Hist & Fict
  ENGL 2076: Creative Writing
ENGL2077 Creative Writing 2: Story to Script to Performance 6
ENGL2078 Creative Writing 3: Advanced Fiction 6
  ENGL 2080: Modernist Literature 1890-1940
  ENGL 2081: Australian Crimes
  ENGL 2082: Literature and Human Rights
ENGL3005 Early Modern to Eighteenth Century Literature 6
  GEND 2016: Writing Lives: Autobiography
  GEND 2024: Gender in Humanities
  LANG 3003: Cont Euro Narrative
LING2104 The History of the English Language 6
LING2020 Structure of English 6
  ENGL 2115: 20th Century American Drama
  ENGL2101: Mod Europ Theatre
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