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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Worth


Previously coded CLS1020


Continuing the work of ATS1275, this subject will explore further dimensions of the contextual study of literary and other texts, focusing in particular on narrative structures, ideology and intertextuality. These concerns will be pursued through the investigation of a series of related 'creation' stories, from Genesis and Frankenstein to Blade Runner and the X-Files.


Students who successfully complete this subject will have acquired:

  1. a basic understanding of the role of narrative, ideology and intertextuality in textual communication;
  2. familiarity with the historical transformations of a foundational narrative of Western culture (the Biblical Creation/Fall narrative) in European literature and Anglo-American popular culture;
  3. greater competence in textual analysis and interpretation;
  4. further skills in academic essay writing in the area of literary and cultural studies.


Written work (2,250 words): 50%
Exam (2 hours): 40%
Participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Chris Worth

Contact hours

Two 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week.

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

Comparative literature and cultural studies