ALL706 - Fantasy and Historical Fictions


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
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 - online

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 explore genre in depth through a wide range of literary and multi-media fantasy and historical fiction texts (for example novels, short stories, film, and video-games). How does fiction balance the historical, mimetic and fantastic? What kinds of ‘truth’ can we express and access through different genres in popular and literary modes? Where does historical fiction stop, and fantasy begin? How do fictions aimed at young people differ from those designed for adult audiences? Students will be encouraged to investigate these questions and more through writing critical and theoretical essays and/or creative work. Texts and media vary from year to year and may include Game of Thrones, the novels of N. K. Jemisin, Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance, and Sid Meier’s Civilization game franchise.

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