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ALL274 - Supernatural Literature

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:G Boucher




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Contact hours:

1 class and 1 seminar, total 2.5 hours per week


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit examines the literature of the supernatural through a study of texts across a broad historical period. It includes gothic novels (such as Frankenstein) as well as recent popular cultural texts in genres such as fantasy novels (such as Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings or A Game of Thrones), revisionist fairytales (such as Angela Carter or Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) and the literary fantastic (such as The Master and Margarita or Jeanette Winterson). Comparative in nature, the unit examines the representation of supernatural and fantastic elements through an investigation of myth, legend, fairytale and modern supernatural fiction. The aim is to encourage students to think critically and comparatively about the importance of the supernatural and fantastic in literature as represented at different times and in different genres.



Critical essay, 50%, 2000 words

Written assignment, 50%, 2000 words (choice of creative response or thematic essay)

Cloud (online):

Critical essay, 50%, 2000 words

Written assignment, 50%, 2000 words

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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