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Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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 subject content with peers and teachers, to entertain others' points of view, and to argue a critical position.
    • Introduction
    • Context, Author and the Reader
    • Reading Poetry
    • Narration and Textual Analysis
    • Genre
    • Essay Writing
    • Story and Discourse
    • Narrative Time
    • Plot and Suspense
    • Focalisation and Characterisation
    • The Novel
    • David Malouf Ransom
    • Library Resources and Research in English Studies
    • Intertextuality
    • Pre-modern Narrative Modes
    • Arthurian Romance
    • Shakespeare and the Canon
    • Macbeth: Language, Drama and Gender
    • The Short Story in Context
    • Gender and Autonomy
    • Addressing the Reader
    • Ways of Reading
    • Realism
    • The Narrative Self
    • Sites of meaning
    • Overview
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-ENG110

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

This subject 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.

  • Assignment 1 (5%)
  • Assignment 2 (10%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Online Participation (20%)
  • Research Essay (25%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Ancient History
  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing