LIT202: Literature of the Western World – Milton to Modern


LIT202: Literature of the Western World – Milton to Modern

Key details

Accredited towardsBachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Unit typeCore unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 2
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The unit of study presents a continuation of LIT201, covering the period from the 17th to the 20th century. It examines the changing vision of human nature and destiny as reflected in representative literary masterpieces, amid the growing fragmentation of Christian culture, and the new challenges that will be posed by twentieth-century Modernism. Emphasis will be given to the study and appreciation of primary works. More specifically topics and concepts are examined through a selection of works by various authors, including: John Milton, Jonathan Swift, Jane Austen, Gerard Manley Hopkins and T.S. Eliot.


Learning outcomes

The unit learning objectives develop in students an awareness of the value and relevance of the study strand. On completion of this unit of study, students will be able to:

  1. trace the development of Western ideas from the late Renaissance, through to Romanticism and Victorianism, concluding with twentieth-century Modernism, in the context of reading a range of different kinds of texts, including seminal works of English literature;
  2. read critically and develop a greater understanding of the central ideas and content/meanings of the literary texts studied;
  3. describe the rhetorical, generic, and linguistic strategies various texts use to produce meaning;
  4. identify and analyse the relationship between various texts and their social, historical, and literary contexts;
  5. engage in research, reflection and critical analysis of presented information and readings;
  6. summarise and communicate in a logical and coherent manner;
  7. understand the importance of clear written expression, concise logical essay structure and the appropriate use of referencing and bibliography according to academic conventions;
  8. participate constructively in group work and tutorial events by undertaking required readings and contributing with clarity and coherence.



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LIT303: The Catholic Imagination in Modern Literature
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