Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stewart King


Previously coded CLS1020


This subject will explore 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 to contemporary literature from various traditions.


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 literature and 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 Stewart King

Contact hours

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

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

Literary Studies (International Literatures)