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ALL706 - Historical Fiction


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Helen Young




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including participation in weekly forum discussions and guided readings 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent


The unit offers the opportunity to discuss in depth a wide range of literary and multi-media historical fiction texts (for example novels, film, television, and video-games) in the context of recent literary and historiographical debates. We will explore the theoretical, political and practical concerns that drive the intersection of history and fiction in literary practice and the literariness of screen and interactive media. Classes will encourage students to discuss both their critical and theoretical essays and/or their creative work. Texts and media may vary from year to year.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Analyse historical fiction (and all fictions) critically and with an enhanced capacity to distinguish key narrative and textual strategies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Employ appropriate communications strategies and approaches in their own creative and/or critical writing

GLO2: Communication


Identify and employ appropriate theory and criticism to support a research contention

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Explain key concepts in debates in relation to the politics of history and fiction, and demonstrate a critical awareness of recent contributions to the field across a range of cultures

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse the strengths and weaknesses in critiques of historical fiction writing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Critical essay 2500 words or equivalent 50% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Critical essay OR creative work 2000 words or equivalent 40% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Workshop/online activity 500 words or equivalent 10% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALL706 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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