ENGL1401 Narrative in the Digital Age

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit examines the complexity of narrative forms in the digital age. It examines narrative technique across a range of traditional and new media including novels, feature films, long-form television series, graphic novels, computer-generated poetry, and historical fiction. The unit explores a variety of narrative techniques and important concepts in narrative theory including voice and perspective, the character of the narrator, unreliable narration, and the important distinction between story and discourse. By analysing a variety of textual forms the unit enables students to explore the proposition that the art of narration is intrinsic to a text's capacity for innovative and imaginative expression.
Students are able to (1) understand a variety of narrative techniques and key concepts in theories of narrative; (2) distinguish the traits of different media and understand how their genre and narrative form communicates significance to the reader/viewer; (3) skilfully interpret creative works in different media; (4) formulate discriminating responses to creative works across a range of media; (5) express ideas concisely and clearly in both oral and written formats; (6) contribute thoughtfully and constructively to group discussion; (7) develop an understanding of the need to engage with secondary critical material rather than merely quote from it; (8) receive a critical introduction to a range of different reading strategies important in the study of literature and culture; (9) begin developing university-level skills of analysis, reasoning, interpretation and research; and (10) produce, recognise and value creative and original forms of thought and expression.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) an essay; and (3) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Unit rules
ENGL1112 Screen Cultures/Print Cultures
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week (lectures: 2 x 1 hour; tutorials: 1 hour per week beginning in week 2)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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