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The Idea of the Classic - ENGL1017

Year - 2020

Why are some books considered classics while others are hardly read at all? How is the idea of the classic linked to debates about history, representation, excellence, and taste? This unit answers these questions through in-depth, guided readings of a small number of major texts that have, at one time or another, been celebrated for their classic status. We consider whether literary classics must be difficult, innovative, representative, or popular; how they shape our judgements about literary tradition and value; and why they remain implicated in debates about sexuality, race, national identity, and class.

2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

1x750wd Close reading exercise (15%), 1x750wd Close reading exercise (20%), 1x750wd Classic Covers exercise (20%), 1x2250wd Final Essay (45%)


Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: English
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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