Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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 created 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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate close acquaintance with a number of literary and dramatic works from a range of periods and genres.

2. Explain the significance of cultural contexts in shaping specific literary narratives.

3. Analyse and interpret narratives from different genres and eras at basic level.

4. Construct persuasive arguments about literary narratives, informed by existing scholarship, at basic level.

5. Communicate literary ideas in appropriate written and digital forms at basic level.


The course involves study of a number of literary narratives (fiction, drama, film) and their contexts. The course will consist of four modules: 1) Fairy Tales; 2) Angela Carter and the Fairy Tale; 3) Novel into Film; 4) Play on Film.  These four comprise three sections (the first a double module) 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 will include transformations of folktales and fairy tales; the recasting of a classic novel into contemporary visual narrative; the modernisation of a Shakespearean play in film.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Short Assignment (10%)

Essay: Essay (40%)

Written Assignment: Response to texts (25%)

Presentation: Presentation (25%)

Contact hours



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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