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Unit Overview


Literary history is the story of rebellion against literary conventions, social injustices, and indeed what has counted from one age to another as literature. This unit proposes to introduce students to this fundamental feature of literary history by identifying and analysing the roles texts have in registering and challenging multiple ideas of rebellion. In this unit, students will engage with an exciting range of provocative texts from various historical periods, genres and social and philosophical contexts to come to a deeper understanding of how texts might represent and question political, social and aesthetic authority, and contribute to changing how we know the world, ourselves and others.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a critical understanding of the role played by texts in imagining political, social and aesthetic change; (2) interpret select texts independently through analysis of relevant scholarly research and creative material; (3) demonstrate sophisticated knowledge of select texts in relation to the historical and cultural conditions of their production and reception; (4) express original arguments in oral and written formats; and (5) apply highly developed skills of textual analysis, critical reasoning, interpretation and research.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical exercise; (2) research essay

; and (3) tutorial participation. 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)
Professor Tanya Dalziell
Unit rules
Successful completion of
ENGL1000 Global Literatures
or ENGL1002 Literary Classics
or ENGL1401 Narrative in the Digital Age
or ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
or ENGL1501 Reading Creatively/Writing Creatively
Advisable prior study
ENGL1002 Literary Classics ENGL1000 Global Literatures ENGL1401 Narrative in the Digital Age ENGL1902 Reading Bodies ENGL1501 Reading Creatively, Writing Creatively
Contact hours
1 hour lecture
1 x 2 hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks from week 1
  • 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.