UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENGL4108 Special Author Studies

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in English and Cultural Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content 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.
Outcomes 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.
Assessment 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
Prerequisites: sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENGL4108/SEM-2/2017

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