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HYM4120

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Alistair Thomson

Synopsis

This unit aims to develop craftsmanship in historical prose through the study of historians, literary theorists and selected historical novelists. The primary orientation of the subject is practical and confessional rather than theoretical. Practical issues include setting the writer in context, story-telling, description, explanation, beginnings and endings, transitions, scene-setting, characterisation, placing oneself in the text, addressing different readerships, documentation and the onus of proof, irony and the use of different voices and tropes, and formal and colloquial prose.

Objectives

  1. To examine issues of historiography and method through a critical reading of selected Australian historians.

  1. To analyse some of the key elements of historical prose, such as story-telling, beginnings and endings, transitions, scene-setting, characterisation, placing oneself in the text, addressing different readerships, documentation and the onus of proof, irony and indirection, the use of different voices and tropes, formal and colloquial prose.

  1. To develop practical skills in reading and writing historical prose.

Assessment

Essays and writing exercises (9000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Al Thompson

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week

Prohibitions

HSY4730, HYM5120