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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical development of concepts of popular fiction.
- Articulate links between literary texts and their cultural contexts.
- Exhibit skills in close textual analysis.
- Communicate arguments about literature, culture and aesthetic ideas in oral and written forms whilst engaging with other points of view.
- Deploy research skills in order to support arguments about literary texts.
- Topics for ENGX3030 will be included in course study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- MAQ-ENGX120-Approaches to English Literature (No longer available)
- MAQ-ENG110 (Not currently available)
and 20cp from ENGX units at 2000 level or above
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
Apart from being hugely entertaining, what does being popular mean? Cultural perceptions of what makes literature popular, rather than elite, serious, or academic, constantly shift in response to changing historical circumstances. This unit looks at a wide variety of popular literature from different genres and different historical periods: Gothic novels, crime and detective fiction, romance, and fantasy. This unit will explore how such texts differ from and challenge their "respectable" counterparts, and consider issues of production, reception, audience engagement and fandom.
- Assessment 1 (10%)
- Assessment 2 (15%)
- Assessment 3 (30%)
- Assessment 4 (45%)