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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Nina Philadelphoff-Puren


This subject explores the key questions and debates in contemporary literary research. Students will be introduced to the concerns, methodologies, controversies and debates in selected aspects of the discipline. They will they consider the implications of these scholarly arguments for the study of specific literary texts. Issues to consider will include those of authorship, identity/subjectivity, theoretical interventions, representation and literary nationalisms.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be familiar with the key questions and debates in contemporary literary research
  2. have a knowledge of current arguments and concerns in selected areas of the discipline
  3. have a critical understanding of contemporary literary theory
  4. be able to use contemporary literary theory to critically evaluate selected literary texts
  5. be able to develop a research proposal
  6. have research skills appropriate to Honours level study
  7. have improved written and spoken communications skills.


Essay (2000 words): 30%
Research proposal (2000 words): 40%
Class presentation: 20%
Thesis proposal summary (250 words) : 5%
Participation: 5%

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

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



A minor sequence in English