ENGL4105 Case Studies in Modern Literature

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in English and Literary Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit offers advanced specialist studies in the literature and culture of the modern period, defined as the period from the Enlightenment onwards (approximately 1750 to the present). Students study a selection of Anglophone writings from Britain and Ireland, America or other societies shaped by British colonisation and drawn from particular periods within the modern era. The text selection and the period focus may vary from year to year, depending on staff availability. The unit aims to enable students to experience a deeply contextualised encounter with writings and other texts of various kinds, and to understand their textual and material forms, their engagement with the wider social, intellectual and political disruptions of modernity, and their cultural influence.
Students are able to (1) read and critique a range of discursively complex texts; (2) recognise and analyse dominant ideologies of the period, as manifested in the set texts, and relate these to current ideological formations today; (3) understand the major philosophical, political and historical conflicts of the period; (4) critically assess literary-historical arguments, and contribute to debates in the field; and (5) present informed original interpretations of texts in the studied genres.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical exercise; (2) essay; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Kathryn Prince
Unit rules
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.