School Of Humanities And Languages

GenresWestern Sydney University Unit Code: SS238A.1


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1.

About this Unit
This unit aims to introduce students to some theories of genre and to some textual examples of specified genres. Genres studied will vary from year to year; possible examples include: the romance, soap opera, sci-fi, horror, the Bildungsroman, fantasy, Gothic fiction, reality TV, film noir, lyric poetry etc. Texts may be drawn from across different media (e.g. literature, film, music) and from both popular and "high" culture. Students may have the opportunity to produce work (e.g. creative writing) in relation to the conventions of the genre studied. Students should be aware that this unit involves the reading of a number of literary texts, possibly including pre-twentieth century works.


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