ALL376 - Classics and Trash


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

Successful completion of at least one second year English - Literature unit OR Completion of all of ALL101, ALW102 & any 2 level two units.

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ALL316
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour lecture (online), 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour lecture (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week


This unit charts the development of texts over time to examine how and why some reach canonical status and are considered 'classics', while others are labelled 'trash' or 'cult'. Texts such as Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Lolita and Breakfast at Tiffany's will be analysed in relationship to the Western canon and challenges to its formation. These books will be studied alongside: anime from Studio Ghibli; graphic novels; TV series; music and popular versions of classic texts. Concepts of high, low and pop culture will also be studied.

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