ALL376 - Classics and Trash


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

EFTSL value: 0.125

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



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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 (online)

Independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 3-hours per week, including 1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided)


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'. Examination of texts such as Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Lolita and Breakfast at Tiffany's will be examined against analysis and challenges to the Western canon. These books will be examined alongside anime, TV and popular versions of classic texts such as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Concepts of high, low and pop culture will also be studied with examples from dance and music in movies.

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