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ENH2402 - English 2: Literature and History

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBA


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit examines the ideas and views of life presented in a range of literary texts and relates these ideas to the historical contexts from which they emerged. In doing so, the unit focuses on developing effective reading strategies as well as an understanding of how literary texts may be seen both as products of history and as a means for exploring human experience in all its diversity. Students will be required to analyse a number of major works in literary history, from the late Renaissance to the twenty-first century.


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. a range of effective reading strategies, including strategies of evaluation, and advanced skills in close and critical reading.
  2. an appreciation of the complex relations within and between cultural and material history.
  3. detailed knowledge of the aesthetic form and social context of production of a selection of key works in literary history, from Renaissance drama to contemporary narrative.
  4. an ability to debate the significance of literature and the various ways of engaging in literary interpretation.


Essay 1 (1,200 words) : 30%
Essay 2 (1,800 words) : 40%
In-class tests (on-campus only) (90 minutes) : 30%
Exam (off-campus only) (90 minutes) : 30%

Contact hours

1 one-hour lecture + 1 one-hour seminar per week


COM1010 and COM1020