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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Alan Dilnot


The unit is designed to introduce students to the three major literary forms: prose fiction, poetry and drama; and to foster that imaginative reading which underlies all theoretical and critical thought about literature. It aims to introduce ideas about the creative process, to consider the resources of form and style, and to make students conscious of the various theoretical and critical frameworks used in talking and writing about literature.


Students successfully completing this course should have developed a recognition of the specific qualities of the main genres of Literature in English: prose fiction (short story and novel); poetry; drama. They should learn how to handle critical concepts and language appropriate to discussion of the different genres, and to recognize some of the theoretical perspectives that have been brought to bear on them. They should acquire basic skills of analytic and critical discussion, together with a grounding in the historical perspectives and the traditions and conventions within which literature is produced.


Exercise (750 words) and essay (1250 words): 40%
Examination (2.5 hours): 50 %
Seminar participation, including class paper: 10%
For flexible delivery students 100% of assessment will be conducted by written work comprising exercises, essays, short written tasks and an examination.

Chief examiner(s)

Alan Dilnot

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

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

Creative writing