Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students will read a body of work that traverses five centuries of literature in English, from Shakespeare to the present, and across three or more continents. The distinct approach taken in this subject brings together the close study of individual texts on one hand, and considerations of very contemporary debates, concepts and theoretical approaches on the other. It revisits the traditions that have shaped literary studies, looking at the ways literary texts arise from, depart from and return to orthodoxy; it studies different genres across time and place; it looks at 'time' and 'place' themselves; it looks at contestations over artistic 'centres' and 'margins', and the effects on these of theories and politics of decolonization, sexuality and gender.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Thomas

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in AHA


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCarpentariaPrescribedWright, A.GIRAMONDO
ReadingsLoadedPrescribedTsiolkas, C.RANDOM HOUSE/VINTAGE
ReadingsLost ParadisePrescribedMilton, J.NORTON CRITICAL EDITION
ReadingsMarchPrescribedBrooks, GeraldineHARPERPERENNIAL
ReadingsOthelloPrescribedShakespeare, W.PENGUIN
ReadingsThe God of Small ThingsPrescribedRoy, A.HARPERCOLLINS
ReadingsThe Long songPrescribedLevy, A.HEADLINE REVIEW
ReadingsThe RoadPrescribedMcCarthy, C.PICADOR
ReadingsThe Solid MandalaPrescribedWhite, P.PENGUIN
ReadingsTwelfth NightPrescribedShakespeare, W.PENGUIN

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Thomas

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 6.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"6 hours per week or equivalent"


Assessment elementComments%
One 4000-word essay50
One 4000-word essay50