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  10 Literature Course
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Literature focuses on the meaning derived from texts, the relationship between texts, the contexts in which texts are produced and read, and the experiences the reader brings to the texts. Students undertake close reading of texts and analyse how language and literary elements and techniques function within a text. Emphasis is placed on recognition of a text’s complexity and meaning, and on consideration of how that meaning is embodied in its literary form. The study provides opportunities for reading deeply, widely and critically, responding analytically and creatively, and appreciating the aesthetic merit of texts.

Literature enables students to examine the historical and cultural contexts within which both readers and texts are situated. It investigates the assumptions, views and values which both writer and reader bring to the texts and it encourages students to contemplate how we read as well as what we read. It considers how literary criticism informs the readings of texts and the ways texts relate to their contexts and to each other. Accordingly, the texts selected for study are drawn from the past through to the present, and vary in form and social and cultural contexts.

This study enables students to:

  • develop an enjoyment of language and literature through reading deeply, widely and critically
  • appreciate the stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts and develop an understanding of and sensitivity to nuances in the English language
  • read closely, developing the ability to engage in detailed critical analysis of the key literary features of individual texts and to make relevant connections between them
  • demonstrate an understanding that the context and perspective of both author and reader influence the reading experience
  • develop the capacity for critical thinking and understanding of the relationship between literature and society
  • develop an understanding of literary criticism
  • develop the capacity to engage with and contest complex and challenging ideas to develop their own interpretation informed by a range of literary criticism
  • develop the capacity for creativity and self-expression, and the ability to write confident analytical and creative responses to texts.

Due to the depth and complexity of Units 3 and 4 Literature, it is recommended that students have undertaken Units 1 and 2 Literature prior to studying Units 3 and 4. Read more.

Year 10

Literature is offered as a one semester elective. The course aims to expose students to a variety of texts while introducing them to the key concepts and skills for literature study at the VCE level. Students produce creative and analytical responses and engage in the evaluation of critical commentary.

The Year 10 course explicitly focuses on World Literature that concentrates on the reading and studying of selected literary works from different cultures and different eras in different forms (poetry, short stories, novels, plays and films) and looking at them through a comparative literature framework.

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VCE Literature provides opportunities for students to develop their awareness of other people, places and cultures and explore the way texts represent the complexity of human experience. Students examine the evolving and dialogic nature of texts, the changing contexts in which they were produced and notions of value. They develop an understanding and appreciation of literature, and an ability to reflect critically on the aesthetic and intellectual aspects of texts.

The study of Literature enables students to consider the power and complexity of language, the ways literary features and techniques contribute to meaning and the significance of form and structure. They develop their capacity to read and interpret texts and reflect on their interpretations and those of others, and in turn reflect on their personal experience and the experiences of others, cultivating an awareness that there are multiple readings of texts and that the nature of language and text is dynamic. They are encouraged to be independent, innovative and creative, developing the ability to read deeply and widely and to establish and articulate their views through creative and analytical responses.

Year 11
Literature is undertaken as a VCE Units 1 and 2 sequence and enables students to develop effective reading strategies, to examine the ideas and views of life which are presented in the literature studied and to develop an understanding of how themes and ideas in texts relate to personal and social experiences.

Unit 1
In this unit students focus on the ways in which the interaction between text and reader creates meaning. Students’ analyses of the features and conventions of texts helps them develop increasingly discriminating responses to a range of literary forms and styles. Students respond critically, creatively and reflectively to the ideas and concerns of texts and gain insights into how texts function as representations of human experience. They develop familiarity with key terms, concepts and practices that equip them for further studies in literature. They develop an awareness of how the views and values that readers hold may influence the reading of a text.

Unit 2
In this unit students explore the ways literary texts connect with each other and with the world. They deepen their examination of the ways their own culture and the cultures represented in texts can influence their interpretations and shape different meanings. Drawing on a range of literary texts, students consider the relationships between authors, audiences and contexts. Ideas, language and structures of different texts from past and present eras and/or cultures are compared and contrasted. Students analyse the similarities and differences across texts and establish connections between them. They engage in close reading of texts and create analytical responses that are evidence-based. By experimenting with textual structures and language features, students understand how imaginative texts are informed by close analysis.

It is strongly recommended that students have undertaken Units 1 and 2 Literature prior to studying Units 3 and 4.

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Year 12
VCE Units 3 and 4 is undertaken as a sequence and focuses on the study of literature as a means of exploring human experience. It involves examining such questions as: whose experiences and what experiences are given voice in the text? How are they created through the text's use of language and literary devices? What does the text's representation of characters and events suggest about the values and views of the text? The course involves students in analysing a range of texts, developing skills in reading closely and critically, and discussing and debating various ways of interpreting and evaluating texts.

Unit 3
In this unit students consider how the form of a text affects meaning, and how writers construct their texts. They investigate ways writers adapt and transform texts and how meaning is affected as texts are adapted and transformed. They consider how the perspectives of those adapting texts may inform or influence the adaptations. Students draw on their study of adaptations and transformations to develop creative responses to texts. Students develop their skills in communicating ideas in both written and oral forms.

Unit 4
In this unit students develop critical and analytic responses to texts. They consider the context of their responses to texts as well as the ideas explored in the texts, the style of the language and points of view. They investigate literary criticism informing both the reading and writing of texts. Students develop an informed and sustained interpretation supported by close textual analysis. For the purposes of this unit, literary criticism is characterised by extended, informed and substantiated views on texts and may include reviews, peer-reviewed articles and transcripts of speeches. Specifically, for Unit 4 Outcome 1, the literary criticism selected must reflect different perspectives, assumptions and ideas about the views and values of the text/s studied.

Due to the depth and complexity of Units 3 and 4 Literature, it is not offered to Year 11 students. Students are advised they should undertake Year 11 Literature instead.

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