Literature Units 1 and 2


The course provides opportunities for reading deeply and critically. You will write detailed analytical and creative responses.

In Unit 1 you will examine the historical and cultural contexts of set texts. You will be looking at the assumptions, views and values, which both writer and reader bring to the texts. We will provide you with the skills to contemplate how you read, as well as what you read.

In Unit 2 you will explore the ways literary texts connect with each other and with the world. You will explore literary theory and compare texts, analysing the differences and similarities between them.

Who is it for?

This subject is for students who:

  • enjoy reading a wide range of literary forms and styles
  • are interested in developing an awareness of other people, places and cultures
  • enjoy exploring and examining complex themes in text
  • enjoy writing /

What do you do?

In studying this subject you will:

  • examine your personal beliefs and values associated with a text
  • research the historical, social, cultural, economic, political contexts of a set text
  • undertake a close reading of a text and identify the literary features and discuss the meaning created
  • offer an interpretation in writing of a text and explicitly identify the personal influences that have shaped thisresponse to text
  • create a creative text that emulate an author’s style and experiment with language features
  • identify the ideas and concerns expressed in a passage
  • discuss particular moments in a text that might be considered contentious in the light of contemporary views
  • identify the common ideas or concerns across the texts and explain in what ways these ideas have evolved over time.

What skills do you need?

Students who undertake the study of Literature Units 1 and 2 require well developed reading comprehension skills. They need to be independent readers and writers who have the ability to reflect on their interpretations and those of others.

What skills do you develop?

You will develop skills including:

  • an understanding of the relationship between literature and society
  • an understanding of how both the author and reader influence the reading experience
  • an understanding of social and cultural contexts that texts are created in
  • the ability to critically analyse key literary features of individual texts and to make relevant connections to them
  • an understanding of literary theory
  • have the capacity to explore complex and challenging ideas to develop a personal interpretation
  • the ability to write confident analytical and creative 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.

Unit 1

Shakespeare. The Taming of the Shrew (Cambridge School Shakespeare) third edition Cambridge University Press, 2014 – (ISBN: 9781107616899)

Malouf. Fly Away Peter – Vintage, 1999

Unit 2

Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics) Penguin ISBN: 9780141182636

Euripides. Medea /Hecabe /Electra /Heracles (translation by Philip Vellacott) Penguin Classics. ISBN: 9780140441291

Things to think about

Literature is a subject that requires extensive independent reading. You must have time and willingness to undertake this reading alongside the set coursework. For students studying online, it is important to attend scheduled online lessons, participate in the forums and stay in touch with your teacher for feedback and support.

Things you can do now

If you intend to enrol in the subject, access the booklist quickly so you use the time over the summer break to read your texts for enjoyment.

You could take the time to access online resources for background information on the author’s works we will be studying. For example, you could do some background reading about Shakespeare or Robert Louis Stevenson. There is a lot of information available online or in your library, that can help you familiarise yourself with the time period and the language of the set texts.

A very helpful resource is Insight’s publication Literature for senior students fourth edition, by Robert Beardwood. ISBN: 9781925175882

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





Things to have a look at

What is Literature for?

This video takes an interesting look at what Literature is used for in society.