Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Melinda Harvey


Previously coded ENH3530


The unit will examine representative examples of postmodern and contemporary literature from the English-writing world. Topics and themes might include: irony and sincerity, metafiction, maximalism and minimalism, 9/11 literature, the rise of creative nonfiction, book ends and book futures.


  1. To develop a working knowledge of some of the most influential writers from the second-half of the twentieth century to now.
  2. To recognise what makes postmodern and contemporary literature distinctive.
  3. To understand the set texts within the social, political and cultural landscape of their times.
  4. To gain advanced-level undergraduate competence in the reading and interpretation of literary texts.


Written work: 80%
Class participation and activities: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours per week or 22 hours per semester

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A Cornerstone unit in Literary studies or permission