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 First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Anna Poletti


Previously coded ENH2690


This unit is concerned with the contribution of literature to forming and interrogating national identity. Texts range from the colonial period to the present, and include short fiction, novels, genre fiction and non-fiction. We will consider how these texts examine racial, gender and generational relations, their attempts to rewrite the romance and pastoral traditions, and their engagement with genre.


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. A critical understanding of the role of literature in the formation and maintenance of national identity;
  2. The ability to assess and interpret the dynamic relationship between literature and national identity;
  3. An informed understanding of some key critical and theoretical approaches to the relationship between literature and national identity;
  4. Critical perspectives on the production and consumption of literature in the national context;
  5. Solid advanced undergraduate-level competence in the reading and interpretation of literary texts.


Written work (3150 words): 70%
In class test (1-hour): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Anna Poletti

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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

Literary studies (Literatures in English)
Australian studies


A first-year sequence in English, Literary Studies or Cultural Studies or permission


ATS3510, WMN2690, WMN3690