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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (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.


Written work: 70% (3000 words)
In-class tests (on campus) or 2 hour exam (OCL): 30% (1500 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Mia Treacey

Contact hours

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

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



COM1010 and COM1020