Literary studies

If you love books and writing, or aspire to a career as an author, Literary studies at Monash will give you the foundations to prosper in the world of letters.

Offering common core units and a range of literary studies and creative writing electives, this highly respected program will enhance your love of literature and your facility with language.

You'll study under leading literary critics, learn the craft of writing for specific genres from successful authors, gain a thorough grounding in current literary theory, have the opportunity to study at the Monash Prato Centre in Italy, where you can explore rich and diverse Italian literary traditions and along the way find clear pathways to employment and to postgraduate and further vocational study.

Literary studies will enable you to explore the rich canon of contemporary and historical literature from around the world, as well as texts of the digital age. You'll also practise writing your own literary works to a very high standard.

Your understanding of literature will provide you with insight into the narratives expressing the human condition. You will learn to research and write on a variety of challenging topics, to engage with ideas, and to communicate fluently and clearly, in both written and oral form.

You’ll acquire fundamental skills in analysing literary texts, placing writing in its historical and cultural context and researching, structuring and expressing complex arguments.

You'll leave Literary studies at Monash an expert at interpreting and critiquing the written word, with elite writing skills and a keen appreciation of intellectual history and the varieties of world literature. Doors to exciting careers in publishing, education, journalism and public relations will be open to you.

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Focus Locations
MajorNote Caulfield, Clayton
Extended MajorNote Caulfield, Clayton
MinorNote Caulfield, Clayton