This study day is designed for VCE literature teachers to deepen their understanding of a selection of set texts, focusing in particular on the study of ‘Literary Perspectives’.

Since the aim of 'Literary Perspectives' is to explore how different schools of literary criticism can assist students to develop and structure their own interpretations, we will explore various critical perspectives appropriate to each of the prescribed genres - the novel, the play, the short story, and the poem.

A different text will be presented each week by experts. The format will be a lecture in which the lecturer develops at least two 'literary perspectives’ on the text. After a short catered break, we will immediately resume with a Q&A seminar. Prior to the course there will be an online forum (Learning Management System) enabling registered participants to access scholarly articles exemplifying various schools of literary criticism. These articles, plus the lecture, will form the basis for the seminar discussion.

Professional Certificates of participation will be offered upon completion of the course and VIT applicable.


Afternoon tea is provided at each session
$60 per session (GST inclusive)


Arts West (Building 148), the University of Melbourne, Parkville

Here's what previous participants loved about the program...

"Being able to think about the poetry as a student rather than as a teacher…"

"Receiving a Uni experience of studying a text..."

"Conversations with other literature teachers…"

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Friday 9 March

Kim Scott, Dean Man Dance

Presented by Professor Ken Gelder, English and Theatre Studies

Friday 16 March

Ceridwen Dovey, Only the Animals

Presented by Margot Thompson, experienced VCE Literature teacher and examiner

Friday 23 March

Sylvia Plath, Ariel 

Presented by Professor Deirdre Coleman, Robert Wallace Chair of English

Friday 20 April

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, New and Selected Poems

Presented by Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe, English and Theatre Studies

Friday 27 April

Shelagh Delaney, A Taste of Honey

Presented by Associate Professor Paul Rae, English and Theatre Studies

Friday 4 May

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard  

Presented by Dr James Jiang, English and Theatre Studies

Friday 11 May

Robert Browning, Selected Poems

Presented by Dr Tom Ford, English and Theatre Studies

Friday 18 May

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Presented by Dr David McInnis, Gerry Higgins Senior Lecturer, English and Theatre Studies

Friday 25 May

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Presented by Dr Claire Thomas, English and Theatre Studies