ENGL4108 Special Author Studies
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours option in English and Cultural Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
- This unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to study the works of particular authors in depth. It may focus on a single author, by selecting several of their works, or it may locate a particular author among his or her most significant collaborators or contemporaries, depending on the approach adopted by staff available to teach it. The unit also invites reflection on the material and institutional bases of authorship, as well as enabling the historical contextualisation of authors and their work. Above all, the unit extends students' knowledge of the writing of a variety of major authors, and through this immersion, enables a deeper understanding of their social and artistic commitments.
- Students are able to (1) acquire a detailed understanding of the texts and critical history of a significant writer or group of writers; (2) be familiar with theoretical debates about authorship and the production of literary fame; (3) be proficient in skills of textual interpretation and analysis, and their theoretical bases; and (4) acquire an advanced understanding of literature, writing and culture through sustained and close attention to particular texts, topics and critical and theoretical issues. Diligent involvement in coursework affords students the opportunity to develop research skills to a high level and, on successful completion of this unit, students have acquired a detailed understanding of the texts and critical history of a significant writer or group of writers, are familiar with theoretical debates about authorship and the production of literary fame, are proficient in skills of textual interpretation and analysis, and their theoretical bases, and can apply their knowledge of literary form, technique, and the contexts of authorship to their experience of contemporary culture.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) critical exercise; (2) research essay; and (3) seminar participation and presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Kieran Dolin
- Unit rules
- sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.