Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Malaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Paul Atkinson (Berwick and Gippsland); Dr Ng Hock Soon (Malaysia)


Previously coded ENH3407


This unit combines the study of ideas of authorship with the critical study of a number of texts. The notion of authorship will be interrogated in relation to a variety of writing practices. The Romantic idea of the author (and that of the film auteur) will be examined in the light of recent critical theories.


On successful completion of this unit students should:

  1. Be able to critically evaluate the range of practices employed in authorial criticism
  2. Understand how theories of authorship have changed in the movement from Romanticism to structuralism
  3. Comprehend the difference between the subject writing and the empirical author
  4. Have a working knowledge of the relationship between film style and authorial expression
  5. Be able to identify the key features of auteur theory and understand how it is used as a means of classification in film theory.

Third level students enrolled in ATS3499 are required to have a greater understanding of the historical foundations of the theory of authorship and how this is characterised in Foucault's theory of discourse.


Essay (2500 words): 50%Exam (2000 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Completion of 36 points in any discipline


ATS3499, COM2407, ENH2407, ENH3407, GSC2407, GSC3407