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Undergraduate - Area of study

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any 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 facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of English, Communications and Performance Studies
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Description

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.

Pathway one: Literatures in English

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.

Pathway two: Creative writing

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.

Pathway three: International literatures

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.

Units

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in literary studies must complete two units (12 points) from one of the following pathways.

Pathway one: Literatures in English

  • ATS1903 Introducing literature: Ways of reading
  • ATS1904 Reading the city: Literary genres

Pathway two: Creative writing

  • ATS1903 Introducing literature: Ways of reading
  • ATS1904 Reading the city: Literary genres

Pathway three: International literatures

  • ATS1903 Introducing literature: Ways of reading
  • ATS1276 Tales of origin and transgression

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in literary studies must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from units listed below from the chosen pathway
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from one of the following pathways, including all compulsory units for the chosen pathway. A minimum of three units must be taken at third-year level.

Students intending to do honours are strongly recommended to take the pre-honours unit, ATS3782 (The pleasures of the text).

Pathway one: Literatures in English

Compulsory units
Elective units
  • ATS2379/ATS3379 Fairy tale in Italy
  • ATS2409 Writing lives: Autobiography and historical fiction
  • ATS2413/ATS3413 Science fiction: From monsters to cyborgs
  • ATS2422 Literature and romanticism
  • ATS2442/ATS3442 Print Cultures: Books as Media
  • ATS2443/ATS3443 On the road: Travel and representation
  • ATS2444/ATS3444 Inscribing Italy: Travels and imaginings
  • ATS2485 Reading the past
  • ATS2492 Shakespeare
  • ATS2500/ATS3500 Puritans and sinners: Interrogating the American tradition
  • ATS2503 Writing women
  • ATS2508 Introduction to poetry writing
  • ATS2510 Australian literature: Imagining the community
  • ATS2513 Short fiction: Classic and contemporary
  • ATS2515 Reading across cultures
  • ATS2516 Adaptation to film
  • ATS2517 Introduction to fiction writing
  • ATS2519 Children's literature: A comparative study
  • ATS2888/ATS3888 Race and class in US literature
  • ATS2914 The dark hero and femme fatal
  • ATS2915 The roots of fantasy
  • ATS3421 Literature and modernism
  • ATS3486 Renaissance literature: Power and desire
  • ATS3495 Victorian to modern: The 'turn' in English literature
  • ATS3496 Fairy-tale traditions
  • ATS3487 The shadow of reason: Irrational literature in the eighteenth century
  • ATS3502 Post-Modern and contemporary English literature
  • ATS3506 Poetry: Text and performance
  • ATS3782 The pleasures of the text
  • ATS3300 Fantasy literature
  • ATS3091 Digital Literatures

* Taught in Prato, Italy.

Pathway two: Creative writing

Compulsory units
Elective units
  • ATS2508 Introduction to poetry writing
  • ATS2517 Introduction to fiction writing
  • ATS3091 Digital literatures
  • ATS3509 Advanced poetry writing
  • ATS3518 Advanced fiction writing
  • one unit (6 points) from the list of second/third-year level units specified for the 'Literatures in English' pathway

Pathway three: International literatures

Compulsory units
Elective units
  • ATS2076/ATS3076 Contemporary fiction: Rewriting identity
  • ATS2077/ATS3077 Whatever happened to truth?: French literature, thought and visual culture
  • ATS2383/ATS3383 Story-telling in Asia: Ancient and modern
  • ATS2403/ATS3403 Classical drama
  • ATS2405 Introduction to critical theory
  • ATS2409 Writing lives: Autobiography and historical fiction
  • ATS2412 Popular fiction and popular culture
  • ATS2426/ATS3426 Modern drama
  • ATS2427 Earthworks: Literature and environment
  • ATS2428/ATS3428 Modern Jewish literature: Writing across the language
  • ATS2429/ATS3429 Authority, death and desire: Medieval to renaissance literature
  • ATS2475/ATS3475 Asian theatre
  • ATS2515 Reading across cultures
  • ATS2898/ATS3898 The Italian city: Literary and historical perspectives*
  • ATS2084 Classical mythology: Themes and approaches in Greco-Roman epic and drama
  • ATS3083 Translating across cultures
  • ATS3204 Culture and identity in Latin America
  • ATS3205 Dictatorship and democracy in contemporary Spanish fiction
  • ATS3407 Reading Freud and Jung
  • ATS3410 Narrative
  • ATS2413/ATS3413 Science fiction: From monsters to cyborgs
  • ATS3018 Writing the nation
  • ATS3782 The pleasures of the text

* Taught in Prato, Italy.

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences)
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4208 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Education
  • 4089 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4075 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Disability
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4616 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4426 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business
  • 4425 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 4069 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Science
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts