Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students will read a body of work that traverses eight centuries of literature in English, from Chaucer and 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 affect, decolonization, sexuality and gender.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDamien Barlow

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesWritten work that demonstrates the relevant critical skills.Written work that conforms to the proper academic protocols of citation and reference.Written work that demonstrates knowledge of the relevant concepts.Written work that effectively mobilises relevant critical and/or theoretical material in the course of developing an original argument.Written work with clear argumentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in AHA or AHCA or AHCAB


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of theoretical and critical texts, studied in this subject
02. Demonstrate knowledge of academic citation and referencing protocols
03. Demonstrate knowledge of concepts central to understanding contemporary approaches to literary studies
04. Demonstrate the capacity to put this knowledge to effective use in the development of an argument
05. Write cogent and well-structured essays that mobilise students' reading and understanding of the relevant literary and other texts

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDamien Barlow

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 4000-word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 4000-word essayStudents present work-in-progress towards the essay to a seminar attended by a range of staff members for formative feedback before submitting the essay.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5