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  • FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

    SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND

    CREATIVE WRITING

    TOPICS

    2012

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    Welcome to the English and Creative Writing program. We have a range of rich

    offerings for you to choose from and we look forward to meeting many of you throughout the year.

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    ENGLISH LITERATURE MAJOR

    2012 SEMESTER ONE SEMESTER TWO

    Year One

    ENGL1001 Professional English ENGL 1101: Approaches to Literature (core topic English Lit)

    ENGL1001 Professional English ENGL 1102: Reading & Writing Short Stories

    Year Two

    ENGL 2140: Epochs of English (core topic English Lit) ENGL 2120: Shakespeare ENGL 2141 Life Writing SCME 2106: Narrative and Storytelling PHIL 2609 Philosophy and Literature

    ENGL 2121: Adaptations: Reading Texts and Film ENGL 2142: Fiction for Young Readers

    Year Three

    ENGL 3110: The Big Books 1 (core topic English Lit)

    ENGL 3111: The Big Books 2 (core topic English Lit)

    CREATIVE WRITING MAJOR

    2012 SEMESTER ONE SEMESTER TWO

    Year One

    ENGL 1001 Professional English ENGL 1101: Approaches to Literature (core topic)

    ENGL 1001 Professional English ENGL 1102: Reading & Writing Short Stories

    Year Two

    ENGL 2143 Approaches to Creative Writing (core topic CW) ENGL 2141: Life Writing SCME 2106 Narrative and Storytelling

    ENGL 2145 Creative Writing Workshop (core topic CW) ENGL 2122: Reading & Writing Poetry

    Year Three

    ENGL 3210 Prose Fiction Writing (core topic CW)

    ENGL 3211 Exploring Genres in Creative Writing (core topic CW)

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    The Majors Each English Major (Literature or Creative Writing) consists of 36 units of English, comprising two 4.5-unit topics at first level and 27 units of upper level topics. Please note that some of these upper level topics are core or compulsory topics for the individual majors.

    Prerequisites for English 2/3 Topics

    Admission to English major upper-level topics is open to students who have successfully completed nine units of approved first-year English topics. This means two of the following 4.5-unit topics: ENGL1101 Approaches to Literature (core topic for both majors) plus one of: ENGL 1001 Professional English ENGL 1011 Professional English in Law ENGL 1013 Professional English for Teachers ENGL 1014 Communication Skills for the Workplace ENGL 1102 Reading and Writing Short Stories

    Notes ENGL1101 was previously ENGL 1003 and ENGL1102 was previously ENGL 1007. These earlier versions also qualify as approved topics. The older ENGL 1004, ENGL 1008 topics may be counted for the core Literature topic. If in doubt, please consult the department Head (see contact details below).

    Consult us before you enrol

    Some English staff are designated programme approvers who will also give advice on enrolment. If in doubt, please ask at the Undergraduate Office (HUMN252).

    Pre-reading

    It should be clearly understood that most ENGL topics require you to complete a considerable amount of reading before you attend any given class; in some topics, it may be assumed that you will read one novel each week. In many topics you may be tested on whether you have completed the reading for the week in question. You are advised to read in advance of the topic commencing.

    Attendance Students must attend at least 75% of timetabled tutorials / workshops. Topics are structured on the assumption that students will participate in learning opportunities at such classes and will have completed the reading tasks set for the week. Where students are unable to attend 75% or more, they should contact their tutor using e-mail and make arrangements to present the relevant medical certificates; more written work may be required to make up for the absences. Notwithstanding this, students who miss more than 50% of the tutorials will normally be failed in the topic. The best practice is to discuss absences with your tutor in an e-mail message.

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    Lectures Attendance at lectures is advised, as lecture-content is usually tested by assessment, including examination, and in many topics, attendance records are kept for lectures. Lectures are recorded in some topics. Topic coordinators may also post notes and supplementary material on line. Evening tutorials may be scheduled in some topics if required. Further Information For further general information on the English Literature and Creative Writing majors please see the staff in the Undergraduate Office (HUMN252) in the first place. If you would like to speak to a topic coordinator, you will find their details at the bottom of the following pages. Please also feel free to contact me at any time. Dr Dymphna Lonergan Department Head Humanities room 282 Ph: 8201 2079 Email: Dymphna.lonergan@flinders.edu.au

    Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

    Barbara W. Tuchman. Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. C.S. Lewis Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. Anton Chekhov

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    2012 TOPICS SEMESTER 1

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    ENGL 1001

    PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH

    Units: 4.5 units Semester: 1 or 2 Prerequisites: must not have completed ENGL1012 or ENGL1013 Professional English is an ideal first year topic but can be taken at any level where you have room for a first year elective. You can take it as part of the English Literature or Creative Writing Majors or as an elective in your degree. It will bring you up to date with how to write effectively in an academic and professional environment. You will develop skills in reading, summarising, and critical response. A special focus on grammar will ensure you develop good writing skills. These skills will automatically transfer to your other topics where writing effectively is a key element to achieving good grades. The topic is taught over twelve weeks of one-hour tutorials and supporting fortnightly lectures. The lectures focus on assignments and grammar and the tutorials will provide opportunities to apply new skills in writing effectively and persuasively. Our tutors are experienced in delivering the topic to a range of students from a variety of backgrounds. They make sure that students are comfortable in their learning, supportive of each other, and stimulated by the topic content. Set Texts: The only set text is the Professional English Reader, available in Unibooks. The Course Guide will be distributed in the first lecture. Assessment: written assignments, quizzes, and an exam . Coordinators: Dr Danielle Clode, Humanities Rm 219, Ph: 8201247

    Email: Danielle.clode@flinders.edu.au and Dr Dymphna Lonergan, Humanities Rm 282, Ph: 8201 2079 Email: Dymphna.Lonergan@flinders.edu.au

    mailto:Danielle.clode@flinders.edu.aumailto:Dymphna.Lonergan@flinders.edu.au

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    ENGL 1101

    APPROACHES TO LITERATURE

    Units: 4.5 Semester: 1 Prerequisites: Enrolment not permitted if 1 of ENGL1007, ENGL1007A has been

    successfully completed Approaches to Literature is the first topic in the English and Creative Writing offerings, and introduces the study of literature at university level. It aims to enrich this through encouraging students to develop thoughtful interpretative skills about a range of literary works from across the ages. Students will examine the seven basic plots of literature, and explore the relation between literature and its historical and cultural contexts. Approaches to Literature is, therefore, an excellent launching pad for both the Literature and Creative Writing majors. Class Contact: Lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week. Set Texts: ENGL 1101 Course Reader: The reader, like all of the set texts, will be

    available from Unibooks. It will include a selection of poetry for the relevant weeks readings, and supplementary course materials.

    You will also read the following:

    Ross Murfin & Supryia M. Ray: The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms (3rd edition) Lester Faigley: The Little Penguin Handbook (2011) Charlotte Bront: Jane Eyre Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest Bram Stoker: Dracula Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway Michael Cunningham: The Hours William Shakespeare: Macbeth

    Assessment: Assignments; Tests. Coordinators: Dr Steve Evans, Humanities Rm 238, Ph. 8201 3166

    Email: steve.evans@flinders.edu.au Prof. Graham Tulloch, Humanities Rm 250, Ph. 8201 2025 Email: graham.tulloch@flinders.edu.au

    mailto:graham.tulloch@flinders.edu.au

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    SCME 2106

    NARRATIVE AND STORYTELLING

    Units: 4.5 units Semester: 1 Prerequisites: None Narrative is one of the most widespread and powerful forms for organising discourse in a diverse range of art forms, from literature to film to computer games. This topic provides an introduction to narratology, the study of stories and storytelling. Questions we will address include: What constitutes a story? What are the appeals of stories? How are stories typically constructed? What models and analogies have been proposed for the study of narrative so that we can understand its effectiveness? We will read Aristotle, Russian Formalists, French Structuralists, and a range of other theorists who will help us with these questions. We will draw on writings about fairy tales, myths, dr

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