Text, Time and Space

Subject 760-520 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week, 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Martin Peter French


Subject Overview: This subject will enable the creative writing student to consider how time and space as cultural and structural concepts are involved in narrative and subject construction. The subject will stimulate a creative engagement with critical theory and will introduce creative students to the many ways in which differing ideas of time and space have been utilised by contemporary writers from a variety of cultures.
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of theories of language, addressing the concepts of subjectivity, temporality and spatiality;
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the international context for their own creative application of concepts of time and space;
  • be able to demonstrate a developed capacity to articulate and communicate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to apply conceptual understandings to creative work.
Assessment: Creative work of 3000 words 60% (due at end of semester), a 1500 word critical reflection 30% (due at end of semester), a written and oral tutorial presentation on critical theory of 500 words 10% (paper is due one week after oral presentation).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • show skills in critical reading, critical analysis and oral presentation;
  • be able to apply theory to creative writing practice.
Related Course(s): Master of Creative Writing (Coursework and Minor Thesis)
Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing
Master of Publishing and Communications

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