Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter Groves


The unit will introduce students to ways of reading and writing about literature that will equip them for further study of literatures in English, creative writing, and international literatures comparative literary studies. This unit invites students to consider a number of concepts important to the study of literature and cultural movements. Through the close reading of texts from a range of times, places and traditions students are encouraged to understand how the pleasure of reading individual works relates to thinking historically and critically.


Students successfully completing this subject will have acquired:

  1. Enhanced competence in the close reading of literary texts;
  2. Familiarity with some key critical concepts and movements in literary history;
  3. Skills in written and oral argument appropriate to the study of literature.


Close reading exercise (450 words): 10%
Class exercises and participation (900 words): 20%
Essay (1350 words): 30%
One 2-hour examination (1800 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Peter Groves

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures per week.
One 1-hour tutorial per week.

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

Creative writing
Literary studies (Creative writing, Literatures in English, International literatures)