Literature provides the gateway to human experience transfigured by the imagination. The imagination is a source not only of inspiration but also meaning. It offers both practical and moral insights. It deals with the immediate sphere of human experience as well as the ultimate reality of human destiny. It gives entry to the human mind and heart in which the perennial engagement of truth and falsehood, of good and evil, is laid bare.
The Campion curriculum in literature has a twofold purpose. It aims to nurture in students an understanding of verbal and literary forms together with an advanced ability to express themselves, clearly and cogently, in both written and spoken language. It will also provide a systematic introduction to the vast and varied tradition of mainly Western literature, covering major periods, authors and genres.
The first two years of literature proceed chronologically. After a grounding in the fundamentals of composition, we read the seminal epics of the ancient world by Homer and Virgil and consider examples of classical drama and literary criticism. We then progress through the literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modernity, as we study works by Dante, Shakespeare, Milton, Austen and Eliot, among many others. The focus of the program narrows in third year, with units devoted to the study of Catholic, modern, and Australian literature, as well as a unit dedicated to the plays of Shakespeare.
Graduating with a major in Literature
All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts complete four literature units as part of Campion’s core curriculum – LIT101 and LIT102 in first year, as well as LIT201 and LIT202 in second year.
Majors require the completion of 8 units of study in a particular discipline.
Students who wish to graduate with a major in literature should choose LIT301, LIT302, LIT303 and LIT304 in third year, thus completing eight literature units overall to satisfy the requirement for a major.
Literature units at Campion
LIT101: Composition and Literature
This unit presents an introduction to the nature of language as a means of communication, and to literature as a setting and stimulus for the language arts. Click here to read the unit outline.
LIT102: Literature of the Western World – Ancient
This unit presents an overview of ancient literature and explores the foundational works of the Western literary imagination. Click here to read the unit outline.
LIT201: Literature of the Western World – Medieval and Renaissance
This unit examines major works of Western literature from the Middle Ages through to the late Renaissance including Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare and more. Click here to read the unit outline.
LIT202: Literature of the Western World – Milton to Modern
This unit emphasises the study of authors from the 17th to the 20th century, including John Milton, Jonathan Swift, Jane Austen and T.S. Eliot. Click here to read the unit outline.
LIT301: The Search for Meaning in Twentieth Century Literature
This unit presents a study of major twentieth and twentieth-first-century literary works, exploring fundamental questions of life’s meaning. Click here to read the unit outline.
LIT302: Australian Literature
This unit presents a study of distinctive works of Australian literature, as well as the struggles and concerns that have helped shape Australian culture. Click here to read the unit outline.
LIT303: The Catholic Imagination in Modern Literature
This unit investigates aspects of the Catholic imagination as expressed in important works by G.K. Chesterton, Evelyn Waugh and Flannery O’Connor. Click here to read the unit outline.
This unit presents an overview of the life and canon of William Shakespeare, exploring a representative selection of work from across the span of his career. Click here to read the unit outline.