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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of English, Communications and Performance Studies


The discipline of English is concerned with the richest and most varied of the world's literatures, reaching in time from Anglo-Saxon writings of the eighth century to contemporary genre fiction, and in geographical range across all the many nations in which English is a preferred medium for writing. English has also been the source of some of the most exciting theoretical and interdisciplinary advances of recent decades. English at Monash has as its ideal a fruitful interaction of new energies and modes of awareness with the strengths of traditional scholarship and criticism. It offers studies in authors from the Renaissance onwards and in many thematic and theoretical fields. It is a world-recognised centre for the editing of scholarly texts, particularly from British literature pre-1800, classic Australian poetry and fiction, and postcolonial literature. Scholarly editions of Henry Handel Richardson and Mary Gilmore, and 19th-century Indian women's writing in English are among some of the section's recent productions. The Monash Library has particularly fine collections in the field of English literature 1660-1800 and has recently acquired a rare database, exclusive to Monash University, in postcolonial studies - Empire On-Line. The Rare Books library also has outstanding collections of Australian literature, children's literature, science fiction and ephemera.

Particular academic strengths in the section include:

  • 17th and 18th-century writing and new literatures in postcolonial contexts
  • Australian literature (including its regional and textual character)
  • children's literature and discourses of childhood
  • creative fiction writing
  • discourse analysis
  • law and literature
  • literary and cultural theory
  • literary and other biography
  • literature and the history of ideas
  • poetics and poetry
  • postcolonial literature and discourse
  • pre-1800 British literature
  • the construction of canons and the newly emerging developments of English studies
  • the history of authorship and editorial practice and theory
  • Victorian literature
  • women's studies and writing.

Relevant Courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 4048 Master of Cultural Arts
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.