ALL256 - Gender, Sex and Literature

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Lenise Prater
Cohort rule:Nil

One unit from: AGS101, AGS102, ALL101, ALL102, ALL153, ALL154

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

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

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

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


This unit will examine the role of literature in transforming understandings of gender and sexuality. . Students will critically reflect on a wide variety of literary engagements with gender and sexuality, including representations of masculinity, heterosexuality, families and love. Beginning with a focus on historical representations of gender and sexuality in Anglophone writing from the nineteenth century, this unit will study key figures and texts in feminist and queer literature. The unit will engage with the textual politics of representation, focusing particularly on aspects of space, voice, community, intersectionality, and publishing context. The unit is taught and assessed through an interdisciplinary approach to studying literature, drawing on archival, historical and cultural resources. Texts studied include: The Yellow Wallpaper, The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Room of One's Own, Zami, Loaded, and The Argonauts.

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, literary techniques, and theories of gender and sexuality to interpreting literary texts

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

GLO3: 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 sexuality, gender, identity, and emergent 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 literary texts and be responsible and accountable for continued learning

GLO6: Self-management


Engage ethically with diverse communities and cultures in a national and global context

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Exercise 1000 words 25% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Exercise 1000 words 25% Week 8
Assessment 3 - 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 ALL256
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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