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ICLS2626: Words and Pictures across Cultures

This unit will look at the interaction of literature and visual and performance arts in different countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. How do these art forms draw upon each other to represent and frame society and culture, and how does this influence our reading of them? These questions will be examined through examples from literature, theatre, painting, dance, photography, cinema and/or mixed media and movements such as orientalism, realism, symbolism, modernism, postmodernism, pop art and abstract expressionism.


Academic unit International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies
Unit code ICLS2626
Unit name Words and Pictures across Cultures
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

At least 12 Junior credit points in any of the following Arabic Studies Chinese Studies English European Studies French Studies Germanic Studies Modern Hebrew Indonesian Studies Italian Studies Japanese Studies Korean Studies Modern Greek Byzantine Studies Spanish Latin American Studies Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in ICLS or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Italian Studies
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Giorgia Alu,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Presentation
Please see Canvas for full description
10% Ongoing 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Essay 1
Please see titles and instructions for this essay on Canvas
45% Week 08 2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO1
Assignment Essay 1
Titles and instructions for this Essay 2 are available on Canvas
45% Week 13 2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO1

See Canvas for further details.

Assessment criteria


            High Distinction    85% +           

            Distinction   75%+                        

            Credit  65%+                               

            Pass  50%+                               

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

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Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly A full schedule and programme of this unit is available on Canvas Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance to lectures and tutorials as well as class preparation are compulsory

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

A full programme, schedule and reading list are available on Canvas

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. develop skills for analysing the interplay between the verbal and the visual in comparative literary and cultural studies
  • LO2. develop familiarity with the impact of innovations in visual/AV techniques and technologies on modernity in Western literature
  • LO3. acquire better understanding of the socio-historical context of literary and artistic production
  • LO4. extend their writing and analytical skills, in particular through an increased sensitivity to literary
  • LO5. further develop their independent thinking and a critical attitude toward cultural assumptions and literary representations

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
The programme of this unit has been improved following students' feedback from previous iterations

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