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ENGL6101: Approaches to Genre

This is a core unit for the Master of English Studies. In this unit students will critically examine significant theoretical definitions of and debates about genre through time. They will apply an advanced understanding of genres (or 'kinds' or 'forms') to representative and problematic texts in order to develop a deep appreciation of the function, limitations and transformations of genre in literature. The complex relationship between formal properties, creativity and historical context will be explored.

Code ENGL6101
Academic unit
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Expansion of students’ knowledge of genres and genre theory and opportunity to conduct independent, rigorous and original research displaying analytical and creative skills.
  • LO2. Development of students’ ability to source, evaluate and deploy primary and secondary information relevant to genre studies.
  • LO3. Extension of students’ ability to work independently and sustainably and be self-motivated in the pursuit of new ideas and ways of thinking within the field of literary genre studies.
  • LO4. Development of students as literary scholars possessing appropriate ethical standards in the conduct of their research and relations with their peers, teachers and the broader scholarly community.
  • LO5. Opportunity in class discussion and in assessable written work to develop communication skills and methods appropriate to the study of genre in English literature and transferrable to other fields.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.