Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitEnglish
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Melinda Harvey


Previously coded ENH3530


The unit will examine representative examples of postmodern and contemporary literature from the English-writing world. The focus will be on the following topics and themes: irony and sincerity, metafiction, maximalism and minimalism, 9/11 literature, the rise of book ends and book futures


  1. To develop a working knowledge of some of the most influential writers from the second-half of the twentieth century to now.
  2. To recognise what makes postmodern and contemporary literature distinctive.
  3. To understand the set texts within the social, political and cultural landscape of their times.
  4. To gain advanced-level undergraduate competence in the reading and interpretation of literary texts.


Written work: 80%
Class attendance, participation and activities: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week

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


A first-year and second-year sequence in Literary Studies or International Literatures