Welcome to Literary Studies

Literary Studies is a newly-reconstructed discipline bringing together undergraduates, postgraduates and staff from across the Faculty of Arts interested in literature, books, how literary texts are created and how they are read. This discipline incorporates former majors in English, Creative Writing and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, as well as a number of language-specific literary studies units, and replaces them with the following pathways:

Literary Studies – Literatures in English

Literary Studies – Creative Writing

Literary Studies – International Literatures

These share a first-year ‘Gateway’ sequence, though each pathway has its own distinctive structure based on specific core units (outlined in the Undergraduate Handbook).

Staff teaching in Literary Studies share a passion for the history, present and future of literature in a wide variety of periods, languages and forms. They are active researchers and support the work of a number of research units, centres and projects, including the Centre for Writers and Writing, the Centre for the Book, the Utopias and ‘Locating Science Fiction’ projects, the Translation and Intercultural Studies group and the cross-school Literary and Cultural Research Network.

Literary Studies engages with Australian literature and relates it to both its European and indigenous roots and its increasingly wide international context. British literature is researched and taught in relation to European literature and with attention to the many theoretical ideas about literary criticism that have developed over the last hundred years.

Post-colonial and comparative approaches explore aspects of the ways in which literatures in English can be read in relation to world literature and to Asian and African experiences in particular.

Creative writing looks at how the experience of creative work should inform our understanding of what literature does both at individual and social levels and offers students the opportunity to create and circulate their own work. Focusing on literary texts from around the world, International Literatures takes a distinctive comparative approach to literature.

Using translated texts (and, where students have the language skills, the original language), International Literatures enables students to read and understand cross-culturally, to recognise the important literary dialogues that have shaped our understanding of literature today, and to explore the interaction of cultures more broadly.

Literary Studies is a key humanities discipline developing communicative, argumentative and creative skills.

For more information, including a full list of included units, see the Literary Studies (Areas of Study) handbook entry.