Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Pier Frassinelli


This unit introduces students to a selection of modern literary works from various parts of the world. It aims to equip students with the interpretive and analytical skills to approach literature and other kinds of texts critically.


On successfully completing this unit students should be able to:

  1. have some sense of the variety of what is possible in literary and cultural studies, and a general understanding of the diversity of modern global literature and culture
  2. handle the critical concepts and language appropriate to the discussion of different narrative genres, devices and techniques
  3. recognise some of the theoretical perspectives that inform contemporary literary and cultural studies
  4. demonstrate the basic skill of analytic and critical discussion, including the technical conventions proper to English
  5. appreciate the historical perspectives and conventions within which literature and other cultural texts are produced.


Short assignment (750 Words): 20%
Long assignment (1500 words): 30%
Class presentation: 10%
2 hour exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One x 2 hour lecture per week and one x 1 hour tutorial per week.

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