- 2019


Minor / Major

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Dr John Hawke

Contact details

Literary studiesLiterary studies (http://future.arts.monash.edu/ug-literary-studies/)


Caulfield Clayton

Literary studies exposes students to different cultural and historical contexts, giving them the tools to make connections between literary texts across cultures, extending the variety of modes of reading and analysis, and developing cross-cultural research skills. Students learn how to write critically about what they have read, and develop an understanding of the relations between language, literature and culture.

Students select from a range of common core units and a range of literary studies and creative writing electives. Creative writing students study literature and its applicability to creative writing practice through a comparative approach. Fiction-writing and poetry-writing subjects concentrate on key texts by major contemporary writers and examine various works which exemplify, modify, or challenge creative writing. Students reflect creatively and analytically on their ongoing writing practice in the light of these texts. In the supportive and collaborative environment of workshops, students will be encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques and styles. Units in this stream present an integrated approach to theory and creative practice.


Literary studies is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts at Caulfield and Clayton as a major and a minor, and in A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts at Caulfield and Clayton as a major.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced understanding of the development of literary texts across different professional, cultural, historical and/or linguistic contexts
  • produce high level critical and/or creative written practice, in or about literary genres such as fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction
  • apply advanced critical reading in the context of the field of literary studies.
  • evaluate critically a range of approaches to literary and critical analysis
  • complete independent research in literary studies, using print and electronic sources
  • engage in self-directed collaborative group work.


Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • ATS1903 Introducing literature: Ways of reading
    • ATS1904 Reading the city: Literary genres
  2. One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:
    • ATS2163Not offered in 2019 The writing self: Creative nonfiction
    • ATS2410 Narrative
    • ATS2485 Reading the past
    • ATS2508 Introduction to poetry writing*
    • ATS2517 Introduction to fiction writing**

    * This unit is a pre-requisite for ATS3509.

    ** This unit is a pre-requisite for ATS3518.

  3. One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

    * Students intending to undertake an honours year are encouraged to take ATS3782.

  4. Four units (24 points) from the remaining cornerstone or capstone units or from the electives list below, with at least two units at level 3.

Literary studies electives

  • ATS2271 Beowulf: An interdisciplinary approach
  • ATS2422 Romanticism and its literary legacy
  • ATS2443Not offered in 2019 On the road: Travel and representation
  • ATS2492 Shakespeare and Renaissance literature
  • ATS2519 Children's literature: A comparative study
  • ATS2914 The dark hero
  • ATS2915Not offered in 2019 The roots of fantasy
  • ATS3091 Digital literatures
  • ATS3189 Literary theory
  • ATS3279Not offered in 2019 Reading and critiquing the European canon today
  • ATS3316 The emergence of modern Ireland
  • ATS3407Not offered in 2019 Psychoanalytical readings: Freud, Jung, Lacan
  • ATS3487Not offered in 2019 The shadow of reason: Irrational literature in the eighteenth century
  • ATS3496 Fairy-tale traditions
  • ATS3502 Contemporary literature
  • ATS3503 Writing women
  • ATS3506Not offered in 2019 Poetry: Text and performance
  • ATS3888Not offered in 2019 Race and class in American literature
  • ATS3917 Representing war: Censorship, propaganda and art
  • ATS3935 Professional practice

Creative writing electives

International study tours

  • ATS2335Not offered in 2019/ATS3135Not offered in 2019 War and memory: Resistance, massacre and representation in Second World War Italy
  • ATS2444/ATS3444 Inscribing Italy: Travels and imaginings
  • ATS2164Not offered in 2019/ATS3164Not offered in 2019 Italian transformations: Reading and writing self-discovery

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minor.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway units (12 points):
    • ATS1903 Introducing literature: Ways of reading
    • ATS1904 Reading the city: Literary genres
  2. Two level 2 or 3 units (12 points) as listed within the major including cornerstones, capstones and electives. It is highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in a level 3 unit.

Intending honours students

Students intending to enter honours in this area of study must have completed a major in the discipline, with a minimum of 24 points of study at level 3 to be eligible.

Relevant courses


  • A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts


Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*

  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2038 Bachelor of International Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2039 Bachelor of Marketing and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2046 Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.