Units of Study

ICLS4011 - Int Comparative Literary Studies Hons A

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 12

Coordinator: Yasuko Claremont


The Honours program in International Comparative Literary Studies consists of:
1. a thesis written under the supervision of two members of the ICLS academic staff
2. three seminars that meet weekly for two hours for one semester.

The thesis should be of 12000-15000 words in length. Each seminar requires 6000 words of written work or its equivalent.

The thesis is worth 50% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 16.66%.

Students should consult with the Director of International and Comparative Literary Studies, Assoc Prof Bronwyn Winter in semester 1 and Dr Bandhauer in semester 2, regarding seminar offerings in 2013

For more information, contact Dr Andrea Bandhauer, Director of ICLS and Honours coordinator.


A thesis of 12000-15000 words (50%) and 6000 words of written work or its equivalent for each seminar (3x16.66%).


3 semester-length seminars of 2 hours per week per seminar


Credit average in 48 senior credit points of ICLS, of which at least 36 senior credit points should be from ICLS units including exchange units, and 12 may be from cross-listed units from the School of Languages and Cultures or the Department of English. A reading knowledge of one language other than English is also required. Students not meeting these criteria may apply for special permission from the Director of ICLS.

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Curriculum Overview

Undergraduate Units of Study in ICLS are offered on a rotating basis. One unit from each of the four thematic groups listed below is offered every year.

1. Great Books
ICLS 2624: Great Books 1: The Human Condition
ICLS 2636: Great Books 2: Innovations, Inspirations
ICLS 2622: Great Books 3: The Twentieth Century
These Units of Study introduce students to works of literature that have become canonical either through their particular treatment of the human condition, or because they are innovative or inspirational in some way. The twentieth century is treated separately as a particularly rich period in the world history of literary innovation.

2. Literature and Society
ICLS 2621: Love in Different Languages
ICLS 2633: Cities of the World
ICLS 2634: Literature and Revolution
These Units of Study look at how questions of society, history, culture and politics have been framed within literature from different traditions at different periods of time. It looks at the mainstream and the marginal, the visionary and mythical and the terre à terre, stories of hope and stories of loss.

3. Literary Genres, Movements and Styles
ICLS 2626: Words and Pictures Across Cultures
ICLS 2631: Popular Fiction and Culture
ICLS 2635: Science Fiction: The Future is Now
ICLS 2637: Watching Stars: Films and the Star System

4. Theorising Literature Across Cultures
These units, while open to all Senior students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, are designated "Special Entry" for intending Honours students, who must complete at least one of them for admission into fourth year.
ICLS 3630: Comparative Sociology of Literature
ICLS 3631: Defining 'Literature' Crossculturally

These Units of Study explore particular aspects of literary production from an international and comparative perspective: techniques, genres and schools of thought. Some focus on a particular period in literary history or a particular movement while others traverse time and encompass a range of literary debates.