Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitLiterary Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Melinda Harvey


The unit will examine representative examples of postmodern and contemporary literature from the English-writing world. Topics and themes might include: irony and sincerity, metafiction, maximalism and minimalism, 9/11 literature, the rise of creative nonfiction, 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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.