1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 9 Units of level one ENGL topics
2 4.5 Units of level one ENGL
3 COMS1001 - Academic and Professional Communication
4 4.5 units of second level ENGL topics
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2 and 3)) and (4)
Topic description

Students in both the literature and creative writing majors will study a selection of significant literary texts ('Big Books') drawn from English and other languages in translation. A single significant text will be studied across multiple weeks, making reference to the primary text and a collection of secondary readings which explore the significance of the text to critical and creative literary cultures.

This topic provides a context for the application, extension and communication of the knowledge and skills students have developed in previous years.

Literature students will have the opportunity to communicate an understanding of the interpretation of literary texts through the production of analytical and argumentative writing.

Creative Writing students will have the opportunity to communicate high-level knowledge of narrative technique through the production of a literary text.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide a coherent common culmination point for both English and Creative Writing students
  • Allow students study in detail a selection of canonical and non-canonical literary texts drawn from English and other languages in translation in a context in which students in the both the literature and creative writing majors are able to extend, apply and communicate the knowledge and skills they have developed in previous years
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Have the capacity to apply the skill of close reading to selected literary texts and secondary texts
  2. Have developed and extended your knowledge of selected significant literary texts and their place in literary history
  3. Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively in a workshop environment which has developed your critical capacities and your ability to craft a literary work
  4. Articulate a complex understanding of the relationship between your own creative work and an aspect of the literary works under consideration