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Unit Overview


Literature today exists in a global framework. Contemporary literature has responded to the challenge of globalisation with an extraordinary diversity of imaginative texts. This unit is designed to expose students to a range of literature from across the world and provide the intellectual equipment for dealing with the complexities that arise in reading literature in a transcultural context. As well as coming from different parts of the world, the texts are chosen for the way they represent the implications of a globalised world. Issues that feature in the unit include the movement of people across borders, the forces of global capitalism, the threat to local cultures, the influence of mass and new media, and the history of colonialism.

The aim of the unit is for students to develop a sense of the globalised world as it appears in literature. At the same time, students are encouraged to apprehend the determining effect that globalisation is having on literature. The unit also serves as an introduction, more generally, to the discipline of literary studies and its key techniques of reading closely as well as contextually.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) apprehend issues of globalisation as they are expressed in creative writing; (2) negotiate cultural difference as a feature of texts in a globalised world; (3) comprehend the central critical debates that surround the emergence of global literatures; (4) identify connections between literary production and broader sociocultural, political and historical events; and (5) express in formal writing the issues that tie globalisation to literature, drawing on the evidence provided in literary works.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial or workshop participation; (2) critical exercise; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ned Curthoys
Contact hours
3 hours per week
All lectures for this unit will be pre-recorded and available online via LMS
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.