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ALL376 - Classics and Trash

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Offered in alternate years 2018, 2020


Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Alyson Miller


Successful completion of at least one second year literature unit



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit charts the development of texts over time to examine how and why some reach canonical status and others are labelled as ‘trash’ and ‘cult’. Examination of texts such as Pride and Prejudice, Alice in Wonderland, Breakfast at Tiffany’s as ‘classics’ will be examined against Bloom’s, Harris’, Kermode’s and Guillory’s analysis on the cultural canon.  These ‘classic’ texts will be juxtaposed with television series such as True Blood and other contemporary texts which have been considered ‘trash’ or have some ‘cult status’.  In addition to this high culture and popular culture will be examined through music (classical music and opera versus Lady Gaga's, Eminem's and Rhianna's music); dance (ballet in Black Swan versus hip hop and street dance in popular dance films) and award winning versus popular film.



Seminar/Online participation (including brief oral presentation) 20%, critical close reading (2000 words) 40%, reflective essay (2000 words) (choice of critical or creative.) 40%.

Cloud (online):

Online exercise and contributions to CloudDeakin discussion 20%, critical close reading (2000 words) 40%, reflective essay (2000 words) (choice of critical or creative) 40%.

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