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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies


Dr Melinda Harvey



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


The unit examines some of the major works to emerge from the end of World War I to the end of World War II. In particular, we will explore what has been dubbed 'the turn' from representational realism to formal experimentation in literature. Reference will be made to social changes and to the trends of thought accompanying these changes wherever this helps to suggest the chief characteristics of interwar sensibilities. The unit will also ask questions about the very notion of periodisation itself - i.e. can we talk sensibly about '1920s literature' and '1930s literature'?


On successful completion of the unit students will have:

  1. an advanced understanding of the key writers and works of this period;
  2. an advanced critical understanding of the aesthetic, philosophical and social issues at stake in the literature of this period;
  3. advanced undergraduate-level competence in the reading, interpretation, researching and discussion 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.