ALL706 - Exploring Genre: Historical Fictions


2022 unit information

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




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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)

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 genre of historical fiction and its boundaries. Where does history stop and fiction begin? How do historical fictions for young people differ from those aimed at adult audiences? How ‘historical’ are science fiction and fantasy? Students will be encouraged to investigate these questions and more through writing critical and theoretical essays and/or creative work. Texts and media may vary from year to year.

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