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ENH4280 - The fiction industry

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


The unit explores a range of fiction, including re-releases of the classics, literary fiction, and children's fiction, and considers these in the framework of a larger network of major publishing houses, booksellers, literary prizes, media and book clubs. Specific issues include the construction of the contemporary reader, national identities and cultural production, the material text, re/formation of genre in the contemporary fiction market, and analysis of reading. Students will be encouraged to consider the ideological implications of contemporary fiction within the wider context of book culture.


Students successfully completing this subject/unit will be equipped with:

  1. An understanding of the historical context of the development of the publishing and bookselling industries alongside the evolution of genres of fiction, and of contemporary trends and issues;
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the differences in the cultural production of fiction and its readers in Australia, the UK and the US;
  3. A critical understanding of the ways in which contemporary fiction is produced and disseminated and the nature of contemporary discourses privileged by this process;
  4. Critical skills in narratology, semiology, deconstruction and discourse analysis


Written work: 80% (7000 words)
Oral presentation and paper: 20% (2000 words)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks

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