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ALL701 - Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:ALL601
Unit chair:

Helen Young





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Contact hours:

 Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit tracks the traditional genres from which children’s literature in English draws: myth, hero tale, folk tale and fairy tale. It explores how these originally oral tales have been adapted as a children’s genre, taking into account: historical and national variants; novel-length and Hollywood adaptations; and contemporary incarnations for adolescents and adults, from Batman to Buffy and beyond.

This unit introduces students to a range of theoretical resources for the interpretation of the historical and cultural assumptions these tales encode about gender, race, class, nationality and the environment.


Essay 1: 1750 words: 35%

Essay 2: 2500 words: 50%

Online exercise: 4 x 185-200 words, 15%

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