Literary studies brings together people who are passionate about literature and creative writing. Through core units you’ll be exposed to different cultural and historical contexts. You’ll then have the option to take electives from either literary studies or creative writing.
You’ll study some of the best-known and most interesting contemporary and historical literature, including novels, poems, short stories and non-fiction. You’ll develop an advanced understanding of literature in cultural, historical and professional contexts, be able to discuss literature informed by an understanding of literary movements, themes, genres and literary theory, and be able to explain how and why literature continues to shape society.
Learn how to write critically about what you read and develop your understanding of the relations between language, literature and culture. You’ll have the option to take electives from either literary studies or creative writing.
There are lots of units to choose from including:
Literary studies will open up opportunities for a future in:
Literary studies brings together people who are passionate and knowledgeable about literature and creative writing. Our units help students develop an advanced understanding of the different historical, cultural, political and institutional forces that shape the reading and writing of literature as well as explore the role literature plays in shaping society itself. Our staff includes leading international scholars, prize-winning creative writers and high-profile public figures who engage actively with the literary community. Together, we will explore some of the most imaginative and influential works of past and contemporary literature across a range of periods and genres.
Monash Arts has the largest number of overseas study programs of any university in Australia. There are short term programs that run for two weeks, or longer programs that run for a semester.
GIG: Global Immersion Guarantee
The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash Arts, single or double degree students to one of six destinations – China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands.
This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.
As a Monash student you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is studying at a Monash campus abroad, and you'll have Malaysia, India, China or Prato (Italy) to choose from.
"The teaching staff at Monash not only give you honest opinions and feedback, but also encourage you to go further."
- Benazir Mungloo,
Bachelor of Arts,
Literary studies major.