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ENL2010 Fantastic Fiction: From Gothic to Speculative Literature

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Daniel Hourigan


Enrolment is not permitted in ENL2010 if ENL2004 and/or ENL2007 have been completed.


The course guides students through key genres of Popular Literature: Gothic and Speculative Fiction. It builds on the critical interpretation, research, and writing skills learned in ENL1000/1001. It has been designed to connect students studying English Literature (BART) and English as a teaching area (BSED) with innovative literary forms both in terms of social, moral and political context, but also the practical applications of literature in the contemporary world. Through the possibility of online publication of their literary criticism produced with students enrolled in creative writing and editing and publishing, the course aims to provide students an opportunity for publishing experience in the form of a traditional output which will be recognised by future employers.

The study of literature has always engaged the reader in imagining future worlds and their effect on humans. In this course you will read texts from Gothic Literature of the 1800s through Speculative Fiction of the present day: through these fantastical visions, writers confront the new, and the impact of technology, social transition, and evolution on ourselves as human. As well as extending your capability in the interpretation of texts, literary theory related to genre and the popular, in this course you will be introduced to literature as a creative industry and explore the range of profession skills it develops and their application to contemporary workplaces.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Examine a range of literary texts, and generic, thematic, social, and historical contexts;
  2. Produce an analytical argument, demonstrating close reading and critical reading, in written form using appropriate disciplinary conventions;
  3. Reflect on ethical questions and challenges demonstrating awareness of the diversity of views and perspectives in the world and the affect of complex power relationships;
  4. Demonstrate ability in locating and assessing appropriate resources and ethical research and inquiry skills by comprehending and applying norms and practices of academic integrity;
  5. Apply skills and knowledge to the production of a final piece of writing which follows approaches consistent with professional publication practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Futures past 20.00
2. The Gothic 20.00
3. New worlds 20.00
4. The Post-human 20.00
5. Speculative fictions 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Fisher, Mark 2018, The Weird and the Eerie, Penguin.
Shelley, M 2012, Frankenstein: a Norton critical edition, WW Norton & Company, London, UK.
Stevenson, RL 2003, Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Norton, New York.
(ed. Linehan, Katherine B.)
Sulway, N 2013, Rupetta, Tartarus Press, York.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Online forums No 20 1,3,4
Assignments Written Quiz No 30 1,4
Assignments Written Essay No 50 1,5
Date printed 27 June 2022