Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitEnglish
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario


Through a study of modern fantasy narratives, we will explore the oral and literary traditions of myth, hero legend and fairy tale. Students will be introduced to theoretical approaches that can help explain the shaping influence of traditional material and the diversity of contemporary fantasy writing. There will be an opportunity for students to consider these topics in relation to their own creative writing.


Students successfully completing the unit will develop:

  1. an understanding of the historical association between oral narratives and fantasy literature.
  2. a critical understanding of some of the major thematic paradigms of fantasy literature.
  3. an understanding of major cultural and psychoanalytic interpretations of myths, legendary and fairy tale material, and the connections such interpretations have with modern fantasy writing.
  4. an understanding of the ways in which fantasy literature rewrites mythic and legendary material and appropriates this material for modern audiences.
  5. an understanding of the ideological implications of cultural variance in the use of traditional materials, particularly as these might affect students' own rewritings.
  6. the capacity to meet the general learning objectives of the School.


Written work (3600 words): 80%
Test (900 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A first-year sequence in Literary Studies or English, or Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies or permission