ALL381 - Literary Ecologies: (Re)Imagining Our Place in the World

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Emily Potter


One Literary Studies unit at any year level



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Trimester 1:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class plus 1 x 2 hour Seminar

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


Trimester 3:

Burwood: Intensive - Week 1 x 2 hour seminar, Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 x 4 hour seminar

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit explores the complex relationship between humans and their ecologies, and the role of literature in both producing and critiquing these relationships. Starting with a critical survey of the ways in which environments and non-human animals have been constituted in the Western imaginary and literary tradition, the unit will move through various sites for re-imagining human/ecological entanglements in a literary context: from the city, to ‘the end of nature’, to non-human animals and the post-human world. The unit encourages students to critically consider key concepts such as ‘nature’, ‘environment’, ‘animal’ and ‘human’ as historically and culturally contingent, and to understand the ways in which literary texts – including fiction, non-fiction and film – generate, contest and perform these concepts. The unit places the literary text at the heart of the critical ethical project that all humans currently face in our ecologically-challenged present.


Critical essay, 2000 words 50%

Creative essay, 1600 words, 40%

Participation task, 400 word equivalent 10%

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