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Researching Texts (ARTS90009)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeARTS90009
Semester 1
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This fortnightly workshop will be structured around six key thematic categories that shape research in the text-based humanities: text; reading; author; archive; context; value. These themes will be engaged as the vital building blocks of a research project in literary or performance studies. The workshop will engage these categories through a range of methodological approaches and conceptual positions that inform critical engagement with literature, theatre and other forms of textual practice. It will encourage students to reflect upon their own social, cultural and intellectual positioning as researchers and writers, and in relation to the projects they are beginning to define. Students will examine a range of historical debates on the nature and practice of research in the text-based humanities. They will also engage with current debates about the role of the humanities, in general, and literature, more specifically, in contemporary culture and society.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of a range of historical debates in different literary and cultural traditions regarding canonical and popular literature; and
  • have an enhanced awareness of the range of contemporary scholarship in their discipline or interdisciplinary area; and
  • demonstrate an ability to reflect on, critically evaluate and synthesise the contemporary research literatures relevant to their thesis topic; and
  • formulate and present the research proposal for their confirmation; and
  • articulate the range of problems, concepts and theories relevant to their thesis and field of study.

Last updated: 27 November 2018