ALL102 - From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Revisions


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ALL402
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online
Online independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 2-hour online seminar per week equivalent

*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


This unit invites students to analyse popular genres such as horror, crime, autobiography, science fiction, and romance. Storytelling is a fundamental means through which humans make sense of the world, and genres provide common templates for story-telling and meaning-making. This unit will investigate the origins of genres and their revision across time, highlighting how genre stories are involved in cultural struggles over meaning. The unit will take a historical and comparative approach, but it will also introduce students to relevant interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies and media studies. Encompassing novels, films, poetry, and comics, set texts include Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness. Students will write their own piece of genre fiction, as well as undertaking a multimedia presentation and a critical essay exploring genre and its revisions.

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