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Literary Studies - unit set code MJ-A000013

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Warrnambool, Cloud (Online)

The Literary Studies major sequence is interdisciplinary and theoretical in orientation. The units focus attention on literary texts in the contexts of their production and reception. Insights from anthropology, philosophy, psychology, history and linguistics form part of this process. There are opportunities for creative writing alongside critical analysis. Texts studies range from Shakespearean plays to recent world fiction and poetry.

On successful completion of the Literary Studies major sequence, students should have the following discipline-specific skills:

  • an informed ability to read texts of a wide variety
  • an ability to write creatively as an extension of literary studies texts
  • an ability to conduct a comparative analysis of text/culture relationships
  • an ability to explain the intercultural and cross-cultural forces in human society and history in so far as they are reflected in literature
  • an ability to understand and apply methodologies of contemporary literary criticism and theory
  • an ability to critically appreciate the nature of disciplinary knowledge in Literary Studies
  • an ability to reflect upon different theoretical positions in relation to literary and non-literary texts.

Note: this major is only available to students at Warrnambool who are already formally enrolled in the major.

Literary Studies major sequence Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (online) mode

Students must take all of the following units at level 1 and 2 and then select 2 units at level 3 

Level 1

ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions

Level 2

ALL201Love, Death and Poetry

ALL202Writing Modern Worlds

ALL260Australian Literature

ALL274Supernatural Literature

Select 2 credit points from the following:

Level 3

ALL372Philosophies of Hell and Heaven

ALL375Shakespeare: Six Plays, Six Worlds

ALL376Classics and Trash

ALL381Literary Ecologies: (Re)Imagining Our Place in the World

Literary Studies major sequence - Warrnambool - Continuing students only from 2013.

Students must take all of the following units and then select a further 2 units (at least one at level 3)

Level 1

ALL153Literature for Children and Young Adults

ALL154Power Politics and Texts for Young People

Level 2

ALL201Love, Death and Poetry

ALL230Re-Imagining Literature for Young People

Level 3

ALL326Material Girls, Material Boys

Select 2 credit points from the following, including at least one level 3 unit:

ACV203Visual Narrative Studio

ALL260Australian Literature

ALL274Supernatural Literature

ALL376Classics and Trash

ALL375Shakespeare: Six Plays, Six Worlds

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