Dangerous Pleasures: An Introduction to Literary Studies

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Dangerous Pleasures: An Introduction to Literary Studies

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Literature, Literatures in English

  • 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 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course introduces the discipline of literary studies through case studies of a wide and diverse selection of shorter fiction. It will combine detailed attention to the formal design of the fiction with a consideration of geographical and social location, and historical context. The literature will be drawn from Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, United States of America, and Australia. The course examines literary form and language and develops methods of close reading and is designed to increase your confidence when responding to literature. It also looks at the study of literature as a discipline with its own history, topics, methods, and debates. It considers how the study of literature can be an important practical, vocational, cultural, and social component of a university education. 
    Course Introduction

    This course introduces students to literary studies by exploring a diverse selection of shorter fiction from different places and different times.The texts we read display sophisticated levels of formal design and respond in interesting ways both to local contexts and a wider sense of what is happening in the world. The course uses this character to investigate intrinsic approaches to literary studies and to reconsider the role that literature and a literary education might play in the world.

    This course develops skills in the close reading of texts and will build your confidence in working with primary and secondary sources.Students will become familiar with critical reading strategies, as each module of the course demonstrates methods of interpreting, framingand contextualising literary writing. Learning activities are delivered through face-to-face lectures, small group tutorials, a writing journal, on-line discussion and written assessments.

    Course Aims

    This course provides a general introduction to literary studies. It establishes the foundational skills in the discipline which are necessary for success in the more advanced courses in the literature major. This course aims to enable students to:

    1. develop an understanding of how literary texts work

    2. introduce strategies of critical reading and thinking about literature

    3. demonstrate how meaning is produced in the contexts of writing and reading

    4. develop skills in oral and written communication, and research and documentation.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  understand literary texts from a range of periods and places and identify the importance of their social, cultural, historical, and geographical contexts
    2  identify distinct genres or varieties of literary forms and apply methodologies and concepts in literary studies
    3  read, understand and interpret complex literary texts
    4  locate, assess and use appropriate critical resources and construct clear, evidence-based arguments
    5  and apply relevant skills and knowledge to reflect on the significance of literary texts in imagining and interpreting the world

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.