Great Narrative Literature

Bond University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Great Narrative Literature

  • Host University

    Bond University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview


    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.

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

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.