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Approaches to Literary History - ENGL4114

Year - 2020

How do literary texts relate to history? When we divide time into different periods, what are the implications for interpretation? Focusing on one or two literary periods, this unit introduces students to historicist literary criticism, developing skills in relating literature to historical context. We read key texts from the designated period(s), conduct research into appropriate archives (including online databases), and identify the theoretical questions that underpin those investigations.

1x2hr seminar/week

1x 1500wd critical assessment (20%), 1x 2000wd archival report (30%), 1x 2500wd essay (50%)


Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: English
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Honours
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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