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ALL102 - From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Maria Takolander





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit invites students to analyse popular genres: horror, crime, autobiography, the Western, and romance. Story-telling is a fundamental means through which humans make sense of the world, and genres provide a common template for story-telling and meaning-making. This unit investigates what kinds of stories genres obsessively tell and what kinds of meanings they habitually generate. Examining texts from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, students will learn about the influential forces of historical and cultural contexts. They will also be introduced to relevant interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies and psychoanalysis. Students will engage with the subject matter by writing their own piece of genre fiction, as well as by undertaking a multimedia presentation and a critical essay exploring genre and its obsessions.


1000 word creative essay with 500 word critical appendix 40%

1500 word critical essay 40%

1000 word class presentation 20%

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