Literary Studies: The Novel (11152.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Arts And Design|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|School Of Arts And Communications||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate familiarity with and employ a range of literary studies methodologies to critically engage with literary works; and
2. Demonstrate in written and oral forms ability to critically and creatively analyse the formal, historical and aesthetic properties of novels.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
Assumed knowledgeWritten and spoken English of a standard sufficient to read complex texts in English.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||08 February 2021||On-Campus||Dr Paul Magee|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||07 February 2022||On-Campus||Dr Paul Magee|
Required novels — you must read these
1. Rachel Cusk, Outline, any edition
2. Yukio Mishima, The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea, trans. John Nathan (Penguin: 1964).
3. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, any edition.
4. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment, trans. David McDuff (Penguin, London: 2003).
5. Thomas More, Utopia trans. Dominic Baker Smith (Penguin, Harmondsworth: 2012); or the earlier Penguin edition trans. Paul Turner (Penguin, Harmondsworth: 1965).
- · Our edition of the Mishima is available legally and for free as a pdf / kindle etc download at https://ia801206.us.archive.org/5/items/TheSailorWhoFellFromGraceWithTheSea_201607/The-Sailor-Who-Fell-From-Grace-with-the-Sea-Full-Text.pdf
- · There are free online versions of Pride and Prejudice, though the formatting can be very poor and the experience unpleasant—worth keeping in mind when reading a long book. A similar situation pertains to Crime and Punishment, though in that case you will generally find a different translation in the online versions as well—invariably it will be a much older translation, because they are the ones out of copyright. You will be much more ‘on the same page' if you obtain the McDuff translation listed above, though the one you will probably find for free or very cheap (Constance Garnett's) is really not that bad. When it comes to the translations of Thomas More's Utopia, however, you are urged to obtain one of the two that I have listed above. There are other, 19th century, versions available for free or very cheap online, but these translations are at times so bad that they are hard to understand.
- · All of these texts, in the right translation (where relevant) are available for $10-25 each from The School Locker. Their site for our unit is https://theschoollocker.com.au/catalog/category/view/id/8009
- · You will find copies of the Austen, Dostoyevsky and the More texts quite readily available second-hand. Good places to look would be Book Lore in Lyneham, Harry Hartog at ANU, Canty's Bookshop in Fyshwick and also Barry's Bookshop in Fyshwick.
- · There will be 2-3 library copies of each book on 3 hour and 3 day loan.
NOVEL AND TUTORIAL READING BY WEEK
For the weekly readings, please see the Timetable of Activities above. Please note that each class will be based on the premise that students have already read the selected passages.
Inclusion and engagement
The subject will be delivered on campus through a series of 12 x 1 hour lectures and a series of 10 x 2 hour tutorials. The tutorials are student-led, in the sense that each tutorial revolves around student presentations of individual passages from the five books. The student's task is to link her or his chosen passage (no more than a page) to a passage in one of that week's tutorial readings. This sets the agenda for the discussion to follow. Tutorial readings include key works of literary theory or interpretation.
It is strongly advised that students attend all seminars and tutorials, though it is possible for students who cannot attend classes on campus to take assessment Option 2, which involves: 1) listening to the lectures on-line, 2) working through the 5 novels plus the weekly readings on their own and 3) performing a summarizing task in place of the oral presentation. It should be noted, however, that the novels and weekly readings are subject to extensive and close discussion in the tutorials: non-attendees will miss this vital input to their learning.
Required IT skills
Word processing, accessing and downloading readings from the readings page, uploading assignments in the correct format to Canvas
Purchase of texts will cost approximately $60, if you purchase new copies from The School Locker (but numbers of the texts will be avaialable second hand).
Work placement, internships or practicums