University of Newcastle Australia program

Stories in Context: Fiction, Drama, Film

This program, ENGL1650, explores the ways that authors, cultures and other factors bring meaning and messages into a story.

This program is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by The University of Newcastle Australia

Find out the stories behind a story.

This program contains 4 courses and provides an introductory-level study of narratives of various kinds (fiction, drama, film) drawn from various periods. The focus is on the transformation of particular stories, characters, and situations between texts created in different genres or at different times. We shall examine how form itself conveys meaning, and thus how literary forms have been employed to represent private and public concerns in a variety of cultural contexts.

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4 courses

The University of Newcastle, Australia

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Who will you learn with?

I'm an Associate Professor of English literature at the University of Newcastle, Australia. I am passionate about poetry, but my research focuses on modern literature, especially fantasy.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate close acquaintance with a number of literary and dramatic works from a range of periods and genres.

  2. Explain the significance of cultural contexts in shaping specific literary narratives.

  3. Analyse and interpret narratives from different genres and eras at basic level.

  4. Construct persuasive arguments about literary narratives, informed by existing scholarship, at basic level.

  5. Communicate literary ideas in appropriate written and digital forms at basic level.

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