Fiction, Drama, Film: An Introduction

Course code ENGL1650Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Provides introductory-level study of narratives of various kinds (fiction, drama, film) drawn from various periods, focusing on the transformation of particular stories, characters, and situations between texts in different genres or at different times. We shall examine how form itself conveys meaning, and thus how literary forms have been employed to represent private and public concerns in a variety of cultural contexts.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate:
1. close acquaintance with a number of literary and dramatic works from a range of periods;
2. comprehension of the theory and practice of representation in a variety of narrative texts at introductory undergraduate level;
3. skills in interpretation and analysis of literary works at introductory undergraduate level, founded on directed class discussion, consideration of published literary criticism, and practice in assignments;
4. ability to research and write analytic essays at introductory undergraduate level;
5. ability to communicate orally at introductory undergraduate level, both in formal presentation and in large group discussion.
ContentThe course involves study of a number of literary narratives (fiction, drama, film) and their contexts. The course will normally consist of three sections in each of which a particular literary element or tradition will be the focus; the section will proceed by comparing treatment of the element in works drawn from different periods and/or genres. Students will explore the thematic and social implications of these formal transformations and will be introduced to theoretical debates concerning representation.

Topics may include, for example: the character of Medea in myth, classical drama, and film; the recasting of a classic novel into contemporary visual narrative; transformations of folktales and fairytales; the modernisation of a Shakespearean play in film.
Replacing Course(s)HUMA1650 Narrative and Representation (10).
HUMA1650 Fiction, Drama, Film: An Introduction (10).
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HUMA1650 may not enrol in ENGL1650.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo 1250 word essays (of three assigned) - 30% each
Essays / Written Assignments500 word assignment 10%
Presentations - IndividualShort oral presentation with accompanying brief writeup, approximately equivalent to 1000 words - 30%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENGL1650