Literature Units 3 And 4


Literature is the intimate record of people’s values, ideas, loves and conflicts. It helps us make sense of our experience of life. Literature Units 3 and 4 involve exploring the ideas implicit in a range of texts including poetry, drama, prose and film. Students engage in close and detailed analysis of how meaning is created through the use of language, literary devices and production elements.

A variety of viewpoints on aspects of the texts will be considered as students undergo the process of developing and justifying their own interpretations. The Units will focus on the significance and implications of the views and values examined, while considering the role of form, genre and context in the creation of literary works.

Who is it for?

This subject is for students who have a love of literature, an inquiring mind, and a desire to understand the elements that make good literature.

What do you do?

You will have the opportunity to compare views of a text, write your own views, explore the views and values evident in texts, become familiar with the literary features employed by authors and how they shape meaning, and respond creatively to a text. You will be exposed to literary works from a range of genres.

What skills do you need?

A capacity to express your ideas clearly and concisely in written form is an advantage in Literature.

What skills do you develop?

You will become familiar with the literary devices that authors use in creating meaning in a text and will have the opportunity to develop coherent and insightful essay responses to texts.




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

The purchase of the following textbooks will also be required:
Unit 3

  • Shakespeare, William, Coriolanus (The Pelican Shakespeare), Penguin Books, 1999
  • Coriolanus (Movie) 2011 directed by Ralph Fiennes
  • Browning, Robert, Selected Poems, Penguin Classics, 2004

Unit 4

  • Conrad, Joseph, Heart of Darkness, Penguin Classics, 2007
  • Vásquez, Juan Gabriel, The Sound of Things Falling, Anne McLean (trans.), Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012
  • To be confirmed

Things to think about

Good literacy skills and an ability to express sophisticated ideas coherently in writing are an advantage in Literature. And of course a love of reading.

Things you can do now

Start reading the texts as soon as possible. Seek out published articles on the texts to get some other views and interpretations.

As well as the play, we study the film version of Coriolanus. View the film.

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.





Things to have a look at


Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus.