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CLS3790 - Postmodernism and the Novel

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Millicent Vladiv-Glover


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The unit will focus on the dominant themes and forms in contemporary Australian, American and European fiction, visual culture and music in order to answer the question: what is postmodernism and is it ethical? The course will deal with various concepts of critical theory within the context of poststructuralism, psychoanalysis and continental philosophy. The focus of the course will be on the deconstruction of cultural texts and the critical reception of theoretical models of discourse.


Seminar paper (1500 words): 25%
Essay (2000 words): 45%
Test (60 minutes): 30%
Third-year level students will write essays which presuppose a wider reading than essays written by students enrolled at second-year level

Contact hours

2.5 hours (1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week