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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)Dr Paul Atkinson


The unit analyses of range of contemporary texts that address issues of postmodernism, discourse, memorialisation and trauma. In particular, the unit explores the relationship between memory and narrative and how the present is connected to the past in inscription. The texts are drawn from a range of traditions (US, French, British, for example) and a range of media (novel, graphic novel and film).


Students successfully completing the subject will have: 1) demonstrated an ability to analyse textual representations in terms of, including narrative form, aspects of literary theory (authorship, postmodernism, psychoanalysis); 2) understand literature's relation to historical and social contexts; 3) develop an understanding of a range of critical and theoretical approaches to literary studies and their place in the wider field of cultural studies.

Students at third year level should demonstrate a greater understanding of the differences between postmodern theory and postmodern culture in their assessment tasks.


Essay (2500 words): 50%
Exam (2000 words): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

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



COM1010 or GSC1402 and COM1020 or GSC1901 or equivalents


WRT2405, ENH2405, WRT3405, GSC2405, GSC3405