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From tales of lovers torn apart by warring families to dystopian worlds saved by teenagers, literature helps us to see who we were, who we are, and who we might want to be.

In UniSQ’s English Literature major, you will examine a variety of classic and contemporary works, including poetry, prose, drama, film, new media and critical essays. Through studying key texts, students gain knowledge from writers throughout the centuries, from William Shakespeare to Margaret Atwood, including Australian writers such as Bruce Dawe and Christos Tsiolkas.

Studying English Literature provides you with the opportunity to develop valuable, transferable skills in analysis, critical thinking, expression, and communication, and provides career pathways into a range of diverse areas. You will develop a clear and expressive writing style by learning how to relate texts to their cultural and historical contexts. 

English Literature students often combine their studies with other areas such as History, Creative and Critical Writing, Anthropology, Journalism, Law or Education.

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Shakespeare research shakes up teaching methods

UniSQ researchers have crafted academic careers through the study of Shakespeare’s work and his ongoing legacy to students and the community of today. They’ve been analysing the role of theatre in developing socially engaged communities and have developed innovative teaching resources, to develop critical capabilities in school students by engaging them with Shakespeare.
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