ALL255 - Fantasy Literature

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Geoff Boucher
Cohort rule:Nil


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 1 hour class (online), 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour class (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week


This unit examines fantasy literature through a study of contemporary texts. It aims to bring together adult and children's fantasy to explore how these two genres operate. It introduces students to popular and successful fantasy works as well as the scholarly and media responses to these texts. Students will develop approaches to fantasy literature based on thinking through how it communicates, what it communicates about, and how it relates to its context. The unit then challenges students to take off the training wheels, by exploring a variety of fantasy works that do not already have a body of criticism surrounding them. Students will learn to read fantasy texts through theoretically informed frameworks that are developed through dialogue in the unit and to think critically about the importance of the fantastic in literature.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply knowledge of literary history, literary language, and critical and creative approaches to a range of fantasy literatures

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Communicate effectively using major literary critical and theoretical ideas, in argumentative essay writing

GLO2: Communication


Critical analyse texts and discourses with the relevant research

GLO4: Critical thinking


Investigate and analyse fantasy literature in order to understand how literary texts can represent new understandings of cultural histories and modes of being

GLO5: Problem solving


Identify, evaluate and synthesise digital information from critical and creative sources beyond university databases, in the analysis of fantasy literature

GLO3: Digital literacy


Develop and implement a systematic personal plan for the identification of relevant evidence, the synthesis of theoretical ideas and the writing up of the results, using a series of project milestones

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Critical Essay 2000 words 50% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Interpretive Essay 2000 words 50% Week 11

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 ALL255
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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