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All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.
|Managing faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered by||School of English, Communications and Performance Studies|
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Three pathways are offered through the literary studies sequence in literary studies on the Caulfield and Clayton campuses. The guide below indicates the requirements for completing first-year, minor and major sequences through each of these pathways. Not all units are offered at both campuses.
Literatures in English is a pathway that offers students the opportunity to read and study literature written in English, from its historical origins in Britain through to its vital role in contemporary culture in Australia, America, the UK and the post-colonial world of Africa and Asia. From the first-year sequence onwards students are introduced to a variety of modes of reading and analysing literature and learn how to write about what they have read. Literatures in English introduces students to a variety of cultural and historical contexts and provides the tools to understand the relations between language, literature and culture. Among the topics usually available are ones that extend the discussion of literature into the fields of fairy tale, fantasy and children's literature, creative writing, war literature and travel writing; core subjects look at narrative, adaptation, critical theory, women and writing, postcolonial literature and theory, as well as at some key historical contexts such as the Renaissance, the Romantic period, Victorian Britain, modernism and postmodernism.
Creative writing students study literature and its applicability to creative writing practice through a comparative approach. The fiction-writing and poetry-writing subjects concentrate on a number of key texts by major contemporary writers and examine various works which may be seen to exemplify, modify, or challenge these approaches. Students will be required to reflect both creatively and analytically on their ongoing writing practice in the light of these texts. In the collaborative environment of workshops students will be encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques and styles. Studies are designed to present an integrated approach to the study of literature, fostering both creative and critical skills through an emphasis on the praxis between theory and creative practice.
International literatures is a dynamic pathway that offers students the opportunity to read and study works of literature from European, Latin American and Asian countries. This pathway removes boundaries between national literatures providing an international perspective on literary movements and works including fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction from around the globe. International Literatures exposes students to different cultural and historical contexts giving them the tools to study literature across cultures. All works are studied in translation (English) or in the original where students have language competency. There are no foreign language requirements: however, students majoring in languages other than English are strongly encouraged to take electives from this pathway or to do a double major.
Students studying a sequence in literary studies must complete two units (12 points) from one of the following pathways, including all compulsory units for the chosen pathway.
Students studying a minor or major in literary studies must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:
Students intending to do Honours are strongly recommended to take the pre-Honours unit, ATS3782 The pleasures of the text