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ALL256 - Gender, Sex and Literature


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Ann Vickery

One unit from: AGS101, AGS102, ALL101, ALL102, ALL153, ALL154



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2-hour online independent and collaborative learning activities per week


This unit will examine three major themes: feminisms, sexualities, and contemporary controversies. Students will critically reflect on a wide variety of literary engagements with gender and sexuality, including representations of masculinity, heterosexuality, families and love. Beginning with a focus on historical representations of gender and sexuality in Anglophone writing from the nineteenth century, this unit will study key figures and texts in feminist and queer literature. The unit will engage theoretical resources from feminist, queer and postcolonial studies to examine questions of class, race and ability. The unit is taught and assessed through an interdisciplinary approach to studying literature, drawing on archival, historical and cultural resources. Texts studied include: The Yellow Wallpaper, The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Room of One's Own, Zami, Loaded, and The Argonauts.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes



Apply knowledge of literary history, literary language, literary techniques, and theories of gender and sexuality to interpreting literary texts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Utilize digital technologies to access research materials on literature as well as to draw on these technologies when constructing critical and/or creative research outputs

GLO3: Digital literacy


Undertake close reading of literary texts in terms of their formal properties and historical context. Apply critical methodologies in the thematic and formal analysis of literary texts

GLO4: Critical thinking


Investigate and analyse literature in order to understand how literary texts can represent sexuality, gender, identity, and emergent subjectivities

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate self management capacities in selection of relevant theoretical and interdisciplinary contexts in which to understand and create informed interpretations and responses to literary texts and be responsible and accountable for continued learning

GLO6: Self-management


Engage ethically with diverse communities and cultures in a national and global context

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Exercise 700 words 15% Information not yet available
Online Exercise 300 words 10% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Exercise 1000 words 25% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay 2000 words 50% Information not yet available

Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALL256 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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