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ENL3004 The Literary Canon: How to Read Great Books

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 : 24 May 2022


Pre-requisite: ENL1000 or ENL1001


ENL3004 The Literary Canon is one of two capstone courses in the Literature Major. It conducts a thorough review of the core skills and knowledges in the literature major through a detailed set of case studies in the historical valuation or canonisation of great books. Students will write essays on several great books and canonical authors and be tested on their knowledge of the processes of canonisation and the textual effects associated with literary distinction. The course advances knowledge gained in first two years of English Literature courses and prepares students for postgraduate studies in the discipline area.

This course provides students with a range of strategies for reading 'great books'. A number of celebrated English literary texts will be examined in terms of their sophistication and value, framed within the context of historical debates about the cultural importance of Classic Literature and the social and political functions of an English literary canon.

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Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022