CWB211 The Unstable Self: Disruption and Technology in 20th Century Writing

Unit synopsis

This unit aims to provide you with the reading, research and writing skills necessary to the appreciation and analysis of literature from a diversity of cultures in the twentieth century. It builds on the interpretive frameworks that are studied in the Introduction to Literary Studies unit and encourages you to apply them to the texts. The twentieth century was a time of significant developments and major transformations in writing and culture. Such transformations have continued into the present century. This unit focuses on a number of twentieth and twenty-first century writers from Europe, England, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, from modern to postmodern times, and explores the connections between texts, language, culture and society. The unit allows you to consider the social contexts in which texts are written, produced, interpreted and received, and how they are influenced by and in turn influence their respective cultures.

Creative Industries Faculty
Professional Writing
Study area
Professional Writing
Credit points

Dates and locations

Teaching period Dates Locations
Semester 1, 2020 24 February 2020 - 19 June 2020
  • Kelvin Grove

Previous study requirements


Guide to previous study requirements

To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

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