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Literary Studies: From Romanticism to the Present (11153.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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Literary Studies: From Romanticism to the Present focuses on a shifting range of literary texts from the last two hundred years. Students can expect to read and think about books as diverse as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land or Alison Bechdel's recent, autobiographical account of growing up in a funeral parlour (Fun Home). The unit offers an historical framework in which to approach such diversity: the rise, around the start of the nineteenth century, of the idea that anything can become the substance or form of art, from Byron's wild and free speech through to the emergence of women's biography, indigenous science fiction, the rise of the graphic novel and more.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Discuss literary texts in an historical framework extending from the Romantics into the present;

2. Identify how literary texts of this period work to expand our understandings and empathies; and

3. Assess new literary texts in terms of their intellectual, emotional and political ambitions.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour tutorial on-campus per week.





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