LIT212 World Literature (8)

This subject introduces students to a number of fascinating and important literary works from across the globe. Considering the ways that literature interacts with the political and material conditions of empire and nation, students will closely examine texts from various parts of the world (e.g. North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific) including those written from diasporic and first nations perspectives. Throughout the subject students will explore different ways that world literary space has been conceptualised and interrogated. In doing so, they will reflect upon literatures place within broader systems of representation and power.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LIT212. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed LIT201.

Subject Relationships

LIT201 Incompatible Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of various literary texts in English (or English translation) from around the world;
  • be able to apply skills in literary analysis, critically examining the ways that literary texts from around the world engage with a range of cultural, political, geographical, and historical contexts;
  • be able to recognise and evaluate key debates and positions in the field of World Literary Studies; and
  • be able to demonstrate skills in reading, writing, research, and communication.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Literature and the Project of Nation (Finding a Voice)
  • Theoretical perspectives on the 'Worlding' of literature and literary studies
  • National and transnational impulses
  • Colonisation, empire and postcolonial responses
  • Case studies of specific literary texts from around the world within contexts of production, reception and interpretation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LIT212 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reading reflection
Guided diary

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.