ALL202 - Writing Modern Worlds

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Ann Vickery
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class (online), 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including???1 x 1-hour class (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit focuses on the emergence and development of literary modernisms, introducing students to a predominantly British-based modernist tradition as well as alternative cultural and regionally specific literary modernisms. The unit will consider literary modernisms in light of the text's relationship with the past; war; the everyday; and the demise of mimesis and the subsequent articulation of the autonomy of art. It also considers how literary modernisms reflect and critique their contexts of cultural production, and the role of the metropolis, mass culture, gender, sexuality, race, and class. The unit also considers features of late modernism and of interrelated postmodernism such as self-reflexivity, irony, parody, metafiction, and intertextuality. Writers studied include T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Michael Cunningham.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply knowledge of literary history, literary language, and critical and creative approaches to a range of modern literature

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Utilize digital technologies to access research materials on literature as well as to draw on these technologies when constructing critical and/or creative research outputs

GLO2: Digital literacy


Undertake close reading of literary texts in terms of their formal properties and historical context

Apply critical methodologies in the thematic and formal analysis of literary texts

GLO4: Critical thinking


Investigate and analyse literature in order to understand how literary texts can represent new understandings of modernity, cultural histories and modes of being, and generate possible ways of articulating affects and subjectivities

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate self management capacities in selection of relevant theoretical and interdisciplinary contexts in which to understand and create informed interpretations and responses to set texts on modernism, postmodernism, and modernity and be responsible and accountable for continued learning

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Critical essay 1000 words 25% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Exercise 1000 words 25% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Critical OR Creative essay 2000 words 50% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ALL202
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only

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