Skip to main content
Unit of study_

ENGL6100: Approaches to Literary History

This is a core unit for the Master of English Studies. How do literary texts relate to history? When we divide time into different periods ("Renaissance" "Romantic" "Modernist" etc.), what are the implications for interpretation? Focusing on one or two literary periods, this core unit for the Master of English Studies 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.

Code ENGL6100
Academic unit English
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the relation between literary texts and historical context.
  • LO2. demonstrate critical skills in the close reading of literary texts.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.