Approaches to English Literature - 2012

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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 2012: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (20%) , Essay 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2012 Fees
Domestic 795.00
HECS 706.00
International 1,020.00

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.
  • Essay 1 (20%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Online Discussion — Weekly excercises & discussion (10%)

Recommended prerequisites

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

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: what do we mean by narrative
2Context, author and the reader
3Reading the imaginary
4Form and content
5Research and essay writing
7Story and discourse
8Narrative time
9Plot and suspense
10Focalisation and characterisation
11Pre-modern narrative modes
12Arthurian romance
14The world of the text and the mind of the reader
15Literature, the canon and social context
16Macbeth: drama and language
17Authority and desire
18The politics of authorship
19Interpreting signs: semiotics
20Metanarrative and metafiction
21Identity and subjectivity
22Contexts of reading and writing
23Fact and fiction
24Reading autobiography as narrative
25Sites of meaning

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Quizzes

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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • MacbethNorton Critical

    By:Shakespeare William

    ISBN: -


    Supplier:Go to Unibooks

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