Approaches to English Literature - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Textual Analysis (5%) , Critical Analysis - TextAnalysis/CriticalCitation (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as ENG110 Approaches to English Literature.

This unit develops skills at university level in critical reading, textual analysis and writing about literary texts. It equips students with a range of key terms, concepts and practices for further studies in English literature or for any text-based discipline. Short literary texts and weekly critical studies provide focal points for developing detailed and informed ways of interpreting different kinds of narratives. Readings and classes treat themes such as identity and memory, and explore narrative concepts such as genre, characterisation and representing the imaginary in texts.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies
  2. understand and describe sites of meaning in various narrative modes
  3. apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations
  4. engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, to entertain others' points of view, and to argue a critical position.
  • Analysis Task — Textual Analysis (5%)
  • Critical Analysis — TextAnalysis/CriticalCitation (10%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Online Discussion — Disc & participation exercise (20%)
  • Research Essay (25%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ENG110 — Approaches to English Literature

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

2What do we mean by `narrative'?
3Where is the meaning?
4Context, author and the reader
5Form and Content
7Essay writing in this unit
8Story and discourse
9Narrative time
14The Novel
15Language, friendship and revenge
16Research in English Studies
17The Mind, the Text, and the Reader
19Pre-modern narrative modes
20The monstrous
21Arthurian Romance
22Shakespeare and the canon
24Language, drama and gender
25The short story in context
26Literature and decadence
27Identity and Subjectivity
28Contexts of reading and writing: who is addressed and how?
29Fact and fiction
31Reading autobiography as narrative
32Sites of meaning
33Overview and preparation for exam

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Macbeth [Norton Critical Edition]


    ISBN: 9780393923261


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Ransom

    By:David Malouf

    ISBN: 9781741669657


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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