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Reading Western Literature (ENST10002)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeENST10002
Semester 1
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This subject introduces students to the practice of reading Western literature in an academic context. Through an examination of different forms, including prose fiction, poetry and drama, students will develop an understanding of literature as a process of critical and reflective reading. The subject encourages students to engage with specific texts in a way that explores ambiguity and unpredictability, enabling students to develop insights into the ways in which language shapes values, purposes, goals, social practices and institutions. Students will explore the way in which language works within a text to produce multiple meanings and interpretations, and will develop their own critical interpretations of the various texts in relation to the historical and theoretical contexts around it. Analysis will involve understanding elements of language, narrative, form and intertextuality, taking into account different historical contexts and perspectives.

This subject is only available to students who have completed the first year of the Bachelor of Arts (Extended).

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should have:

  • accomplished a foundational survey of Western literature through the close study of key texts in different genres and different historical contexts;
  • acquired an appreciation of how fictional representations are sources of historical, social, political knowledge;
  • developed a methodological understanding of how literature is constructed, and have the ability to identify and explain literary devices;
  • developed critical reading skills based in conventional Western literary analysis.

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject will develop skills in the following areas:

  • Critical and creative thinking;
  • Oral communication;
  • Collaborative and individual learning;
  • Research essay writing;
  • Interdisciplinary thinking.

Last updated: 4 September 2019