Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code ENGL385
Subject Name Literature and Critical Thought
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 24cp at 200 level including 12cp ENGL
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Reflection - Reflection/ Journal 20% Assignment - Written assignment 30% Assignment - Written assignment 50%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Course
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.
Availability Not Available in 2019

Subject Description
A crucial skill in literary analysis is knowing how to apply critical theoretical insights to literary texts. Marxism, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, feminism, deconstruction and other schools of interpretation offer revealing insights into what it is to read and think. This subject introduces students to these and other strands of literary theory, which they will use to illuminate canonical and popular, ancient, early-modern, modern, postmodern and contemporary texts. A range of genres and modes are surveyed, from the novel to poetry, drama to film, as well as critical theoretical texts from these various schools. This subject is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue Honours in English Literatures.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Understand and deploy basic ideas in structuralist and poststructuralist theories of literature
2. Identify and use various theories of interpretation
3. Understand key critical theories of interpretation, their historical emergence, and the relationship between them
4. Deploy analytical and writing skills in the critical close reading of texts


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