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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Patrick Spedding


Previously coded ENM5640


The unit offers a detailed study of the authorship and publication of literary texts in the Early Modern and Modern periods. Students will be introduced to contemporary debates concerning the history of the book and print cultures, the rise of literacy and the growing market for print. They will consider the impact of changes that have occurred in the printing, publication, distribution and sale of books, giving special attention to the impact of these changes on authors and readers. Students will work with original texts and manuscripts in Monash University's outstanding Rare Books Collection as well as with a range of primary and archival research materials in micro and digital form.


Students successfully completing this subject will:

  1. be able to identify key features of oral, scribal, print and e-media 'texts'; be familiar with developments in the history of textual production and with a range of different historical manifestations of such texts; and be aware of the psychological, social and cultural impact that these formats typically have had.
  2. be familiar with key debates concerning the history of the book, evaluate the impact of different stakeholders in the 'Life of the Text' and demonstrate an awareness of the issues facing scholars researching, editing, discussing and citing a range of primary texts.
  3. be able to argue their interpretations clearly and persuasively in essay form, communicate fruitfully in discussion and demonstrate superior skill in identifying and using a range of original texts, scholarly editions and digital archives.


Briefing paper (1000 words): 10%
Research essay (2000 words): 20%
Major project (5000 words): 60%
Tutorial participation: 10%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week