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ENGL12-106: World Literature September 2018 [Standard]

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Many famous stories might contend for the title of "the greatest story ever told". Certain stories in the Western tradition seem to get told time and time again, in a variety of formats. Many would argue that the Bible is probably the most influential literature in Western culture, with its plots, literary forms and characters still speaking to us some two and a half thousand years later. While biblical narratives in both narrative prose and poetic forms were an obvious source of material for ancient, medieval and modern writers in the West (largely for political and/or religious reasons), they have also been a source of literary inspiration for many nineteenth and twentieth century Western writers.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:ENGL12-106
Subject title:Great Narrative Literature
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2018
Credit points:10

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  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to express orally and in writing alternative points of view about literature and how we might interpret it.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to rigorously test ideas and arguments in ways that are of general application.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of some of the most influential historical positions on the understanding of biblical texts and their influences on contemporary literature.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to articulate clearly alternative positions on biblical narratives and their literary relevance, whether or not the student personally agrees with them.
  5. Demonstrate a capacity to express in writing interpretations and critiques of selected biblical and contemporary narratives.
  6. In general, demonstrate oral and written skills in constructing and critically analysing theoretical arguments concerning narrative literature.


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TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
In-Class Quiz - Individual Weekly Tutorial Quiz (10% in total) 10% Weekly 1, 3, 4.
Essay Short essay (1000 words) 20% Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Essay Long Essay (2500 words) 40% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
In-Class Quiz - Individual Quiz (Multiple Choice) 20% Week 12 1, 3, 4.
Oral Presentation Tutorial Presentation 10% In Consultation 1, 3, 4, 6.
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Subject curriculum


The Politics of Origins, Exile, and Land-based Identity: Genesis 2-3, The Book of Exodus, and Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon

Sibling Rivalry and the Problem of One Blessing Only: Genesis 4 (Cain and Abel), Genesis 27:15-35 (Jacob and Esau) and John Steinbeck's East of Eden.

Women Battling in a Man's World" Genesis 16 and 21 (Sarah and Hagar), Genesis 29-30 (Rachel, Leah, and their handmaids), and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Revenge of (Biblical) Women: Eve, Dinah, Bathsheba, Deliah; Anita Diamant's The Red Tent

"What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?": Ecclesiastes, Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus, and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.

Demanding Justice in an Absurd World: The Book of Job, Franz Kafka's The Trial, and Primo Levi's If This is a Man.

Mary Magdalene and Jesus: Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code.

Essay Workshop

The Messiah and the (American) Politics of Redemption: Jesus of Nazareth, The Superman Sagas, and Gore Vidal's Messiah.

Apocalyptic Literature: The Book of Revelation and Toni Morrison's Beloved

Film: I am Legend.

Approved on: Sep 11, 2017. Edition: 1.1