International Comparative Literary Studies

International Comparative Literary Studies

ARHT2653 Memory of the World: Key Films

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) or (6 Senior credit points from ICLS) Prohibitions: ARHT2053 Assessment: 1x1500wd film analysis (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
1. A historical study of independent cinema, or New Wave movements in post-World War II Europe, including Italian Neo- Realism, the French New Wave and New German Cinema among others. 2. The study of Gilles Deleuze's thesis about these cinematic movements and concepts. 3. A study of the idea of Epic cinema cross-culturally so as to understand how memory is erased, sustained and created anew by film.
CHNS3633 Lu Xun and China's Modern Literature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Senior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Senior credit points of Asian Studies) or (6 Senior credit points in ICLS) Assessment: Classwork (10%), 1x2500wd Essay (40%), other Written assignments, (e.g. discussion report) (equivalent to 1500wds) (30%), oral assignments, (e.g. presentation plus discussion leadership) (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Lu Xun was one of the most influential Chinese writers in the early decades of the twentieth century. The works of Lu Xun and his contemporaries marked the emergence of a modern Chinese literature that reflected its proponents' anxiety for sociocultural change and national salvation, absorbed external influences, and was intended to reach a wide readership. This unit of study highlights works by Lu Xun and other major authors in the context of the intellectual history of the time.
CHNS3647 Classical Chinese Poetry

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 2x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612) Prohibitions: CHNS3441 or CHNS3541 Assessment: 2x 50 minute in-class test equivalent to 800wds each (40%), 1xOral Presentation and handout equivalent to 800wds (15%), 1x2000wd final Essay (35%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Classical Chinese poetry is defined as verse composed in various forms and genres developed in pre-modern China. Most of these traditional forms and genres are still in wide use in contemporary China and within Chinese communities all over the world. This unit of study offers an introduction to classical Chinese poetry from its beginnings to the Song dynasty with focus on selected topics within this rich tradition. This unit assumes a thorough grounding in Classical Chinese.
ENGL2640 Shakespeare

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Winter Main Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 junior credit points from English) or (6 junior credit points from English and AMST 1001) or (12 junior credit points from at least one of the following: European Studies, European, Middle Eastern or Classical Languages/Studies, Asian Studies, English, Government and International Relations, Ancient History, Philosophy, Political Economy, Sociology or Media and Communication) Prohibitions: ENGL2040 Assessment: 1x500wd metaphor exercise (20%), 1x2000wd essay (45%), 1x1.5hr exam (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is an intensive study of plays by Shakespeare in a variety of genres, particularly focusing on current critical interventions, as well as the detailed reading of Shakespeare's dramatic language. Current approaches to Shakespeare read his texts as a way of thinking about ideas of urgent concern in the twenty first century: the environment and ideas of the natural; sexuality and gender; scepticism and belief. Watching film versions of the plays will form an integral part of our study.
GRMN2633 Topics in German Film

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points of Germanic Studies) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) or (6 Senior credit points in ICLS) Prohibitions: GRMN2455 Assessment: 1x3000wd essay (50%), 1x1500wd written tutorial paper (25%), 1x1500wd class presentation (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will explore German film from the perspectives of film theory and historical culture. Discussions will situate films within the German political and cultural context of their time and study them from the perspective of contemporary cross-cultural critique. The unit may concentrate on the works of a specific director, a period or a genre, or deal with key social and political issues within a selection of German films.
Textbooks
German film course pack to be purchased from the University Copy Centre
ICLS1001 World Literatures in Translation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 2x500wd in-class tests (20%), 1x1000wd report on cultural activity (20%), 1x500wd oral presentation (20%), 1x2000wd final essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What is literature? How is it related to language and culture? What can we learn about different cultures and societies from the stories that they produced? With the shrinking of distances due to travel and technology in the modern age, do literatures of the world become more similar or more different? This unit reflects on these issues by looking at a range of exemplary literary works translated into English from Asian, European, and Middle Eastern languages, and examines them in the context of translation studies, national literatures, and different cultural and narrative traditions.
ICLS2621 Love in Different Languages

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from any of the following (Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, English, European Studies, French Studies, Germanic Studies, Modern Hebrew, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, or History) Assessment: 1x1000wd Class presentation (10%), 2x2500wd Essays (90%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What is the meaning of "love"? Is it the same for different individuals and cultures at different periods? How does it relate to the profound crisis of meaning in contemporary society? What is its relationship to desire, language and death? Why do the Greeks have three words for love and the English one? This unit of study explores the theme of love in a variety of national literatures including Arabic, English, Greek, French and Italian.
ICLS2622 World Literature 3: Twentieth Century

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points from Table A, of which 12 credit points are from one subject area Assessment: 1x5 minute oral presentation and 1x1 page plan equivalent to 1000 words (10%), 2x2500wd essays (90%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What are the great works of literature of the 20th century? How does history leave its mark on them? This unit introduces some exemplary literary works translated into English from Asian and European languages as well as works originally written in English. It studies them in the context of world history, national literatures and different narrative traditions.
ICLS2624 Great Books 1: The Human Condition

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from any of the following (Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, English, European Studies, French Studies, Germanic Studies, Modern Hebrew, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, or History) Prohibitions: ICLS2625 Assessment: 1x5 minute Oral Presentation with one page written plan (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 1x2500wd Take-home exam (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What are the great spiritual and philosophical works of world literature? How have they come to be so regarded? What is it that has made them so enduring and adaptable? What is their relevance to a postmodern society? This unit introduces, in English and from a contemporary perspective, some of the literary cornerstones of reflection on the human condition and seeks to reveal and understand some of their continuing power.
ICLS2626 Words and Pictures across Cultures

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/ week Prerequisites: At least 12 Junior credit points from any of the following: Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, English, European Studies, French Studies, Germanic Studies, Modern Hebrew, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, Art History. Prohibitions: ICLS2002 Assessment: 1xClass presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), 2x2500wd Essays (2x45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This Unit will look at the interaction of literature and visual and performance arts in different countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. How do these art forms draw upon each other to represent and frame society and culture, and how does this influence our reading of them? These questions will be examined through examples from literature, theatre, painting, dance, photography, cinema and/or mixed media, and movements such as orientalism, realism, symbolism, modernism, postmodernism, pop art and abstract expressionism.
ICLS2633 Cities of the World

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Andrea Bandhauer Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points from Table A of which 12 credit points are from one subject area Assessment: 1xclass presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), 1x2500wd essay (45%), 1x2500wd take home exam (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The 'city' is a diverse and controversial theme in world literature. It touches upon past and present, alienation and fulfillment, luxury and poverty, success and failure, anonymity and fame. There are modern and old cities, cosmopolitan and 'holy' cities. By examining how the cultural and historical transformation of urban living has been approached by writers of different cultural and national backgrounds, this unit of study offers a journey to different geographic locations but also a journey through time.
ICLS2634 Literature and Revolution

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mats Karlsson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points from Table A, of which 12 credit points are from one subject area Assessment: 1x5 minute oral presentation with written one page plan equivalent to 1000 words (10%), 2x2500wd essays (2x45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit surveys the connection between literature and revolution by investigating the ways in which literary texts and movements across the world have influenced radical responses to the status quo, questioning, and provoking a re-conceptualisation of prevailing values and traditions. But how and when do literary experiments become revolutionary? Are they the same in different cultures? Could a pattern of synergies connecting literary with political and social revolutions emerge from a historical as well as cross-cultural investigation?
ICLS2635 Science Fiction: The Future is Now

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Vrasidas Karalis Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: At least 12 Junior credit points from any of the following: Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, English, European Studies, French Studies, Germanic Studies, Modern Hebrew, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, History. Assessment: 1x5 minute oral presentation with written one page plan equivalent to 1000 words (10%), 2x2500wd essays (2x45%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Science Fiction is one of the most interesting explorations of human future. Yet it addresses a number of social, political and existential issues that refer to the present: dilemmas, phobias and hopes of a world traumatised by war, disease and internal contradictions. Through the comparative study of novels and movies, this unit explores how the future, from a promised land of a great utopia, has become the dreadful exile into a dark dystopia.
ICLS2637 Watching Stars: Film and the Star System

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from any of the following (Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, English, European Studies, French Studies, Germanic Studies, Modern Hebrew, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, or History) Assessment: 1x1000wds equivalent Oral Presentation (20%), 2x 2500wd Essay (80%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will investigate how film stars reflect national preoccupations and how they achieve national and transnational fame. It will examine and compare several major film stars from several cultures and will analyse their star image through, for example, their on-screen performance in film adaptations, their celebrity bodies and faces and their representations in the popular media. Students will be introduced to film star theories. Students will have to attend at least 4 film screenings.
ICLS3630 Literature and Society

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points International and Comparative Literature Studies Assessment: 1x5 minute Oral Presentation with written one page plan (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), 2x2500wd Essays (2x45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will look at different approaches to studying the relationship between literary texts and their social contexts. It will explore patterns of literary production and audience reception. Topics covered will include the politics and economics of literature production and the roles of author and reader. These topics will be explored within the framework of global, trans-cultural and comparative literary studies.
ICLS3631 What is Literature? Crosscultural Views

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points from Table A, of which 12 credit points are from one subject area Assessment: 1xTutorial presentation equivalent to 1000wds (10%), 2x 2500wd Essays (90%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ICLS4011 Int Comparative Literary Studies Hons A

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 semester-length seminars of 2 hours per week per seminar Prerequisites: Credit average in 48 Senior credit points of ICLS Assessment: A thesis of 18000-20000 words (60%), 2x6000wd seminars (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: 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.
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. two seminars that meet weekly for two hours for one semester.
Students should consult with the Honours coordinator regarding seminar offerings in 2014
ICLS4012 Int Comparative Literary Studies Hons B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ICLS4011 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to ICLS4011
ICLS4013 Int Comparative Literary Studies Hons C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ICLS4012 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to ICLS4011
ICLS4014 Int Comparative Literary Studies Hons D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ICLS4013 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to ICLS4011
ITLN3694 Dante and the Middle Ages

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 6 Senior credit points in at least one of the following: European Studies or European or Middle Eastern or Classical Languages or Studies or Asian Studies or History or Ancient History or Philosophy or Studies in Religion. Assessment: 1x500wd research bibliography (10%), 1x2500wd research essay (35%), 4x1000wds total short answer tests (30%), 1x500wd class presentation (15%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit studies Dante's Divine Comedy as an enduring work of poetry, a major text of the European literary tradition, and the most comprehensive synthesis of Medieval culture. We will look at how literature works in relation to the language and the rhetorical tradition in which it is expressed on the one hand, and, on the other, the historical, philosophical and theological cultures it expresses and interprets.
ITLN3695 Love in Italian Culture

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Francesco Borghesi Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 6 Senior credit points in at least one of the following: European Studies, European, Middle Eastern or Classical Languages or Studies, Asian Studies, English, History, Art History and Film Studies, Philosophy, Studies in Religion Assessment: 1x1000wd research bibliography (10%), 1x3500wd research essay (30%), 2x250wd short answer tests (30%),1x1000wd class presentation (15%), class participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What is love? Italian authors throughout the centuries have provided many different interpretations. Drawing upon major works of Italian literature, this unit will explore a range of texts from the Middle Ages through to the 19th century that deal with love, its cultural and social contexts. The texts will be considered within the context of the visual culture of the time. This unit will be taught in English.
PHIL2646 Philosophy and Literature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points in Philosophy Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x500wd tutorial paper (10%) and 1x2hr exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit addresses the 'ancient quarrel' between philosophy and literature. We will examine arguments about the importance of imagination and sympathy to moral judgement by putting various philosophical and literary texts in dialogue with each other.