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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)


Previously coded WRT4401


This unit explores some attempts throughout history to define the nature and status of creative writing - not just to determine which kinds of writing may count as creative, let alone as quality writing, but to examine the very process and conditions of literary production. In this way, the unit explores a range of literary theories, with particular reference to Romanticism, psychoanalysis, postmodernism and poststructuralism, in terms of their potential to shed light on the philosophical and social implications of creative writing practice, where the term creative writing is understood in its broadest sense.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate literacy in a range of theories of literary production
  2. formulate coherent and relevant accounts of the potential philosophical and social implications of creative writing
  3. explore those theories in the context of traditional disciplines of literary criticism
  4. use those theories to reflect upon and inform their own writing practice
  5. appreciate the significance of industrial and administrative processes and practices underpinning professional writing practice


Written work: 85% (8000 words)
Reading Group: 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Graham Jones

Contact hours

Two hour seminar per week


First degree in Writing