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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDamien Barlow

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
ReadingsCracking the SpinePrescribedChevalier, J (ed.)Spineless Wonders
ReadingsCarpentariaPrescribedWright, A.GIRAMONDO
ReadingsLoadedPrescribedTsiolkas, C.RANDOM HOUSE/VINTAGE
ReadingsMarchPrescribedBrooks, GeraldineHARPERPERENNIAL
ReadingsThe Hundred Thousand KingdomsPrescribedJemisin, N.K.Orbit
ReadingsOthelloPrescribedShakespeare, W.PENGUIN
ReadingsPersuasionPrescribedAusten, JOxford
ReadingsThe Long songPrescribedLevy, A.HEADLINE REVIEW
ReadingsThe RoadPrescribedMcCarthy, C.PICADOR

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Knowledge of a range of theoretical and critical texts, studied in this subject

Written work that demonstrates the relevant critical skills
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

02. Knowledge of academic citation and referencing protocols

Written work that conforms to the proper academic protocols of citation and reference
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

03. Knowledge of concepts central to understanding contemporary approaches to literary studies

Written work that demonstrates knowledge of the relevant concepts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. The capacity to put this knowledge to effecive use in the development of an argument

Written work that effectively mobilises relevant critical and/or theoretical material in the course of developing an original argument
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. To write cogent and well-structured essays that mobilise students' reading and understanding of the relevant literary and other texts

Written work with clear argumentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSue 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% ILO*
One 4000-word essay50 01, 02, 03, 04
One 4000-word essay50 01, 03, 04, 05