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
Organisational UnitLiterary Studies
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Sue Kossew


The unit examines women's literature from a range of periods and countries. Issues examined may include the place of women's writing in the literary canon and in literary history; the importance of common historical contexts and of intertextuality for women writers; recent debates regarding the reception of women's writing; and the use of literature to make interventions regarding social norms around gender and sexuality.


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. the ability to assess and interpret the relationship between literary texts and their social and political context
  2. an informed understanding of some key approaches to the study of women's writing
  3. developed an informed critical perspective on the question of gender and literary production
  4. developed an informed critical perspective on the question of gender and literary value
  5. solid advanced undergraduate-level skills 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.