This unit will enhance students’ ability to engage theologically with literature, deepening their capacity for mature and close reading of texts, and thereby for a more informed and critical reading of culture.

Unit code: CT9038W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Identify key themes and content in literature.


Engage theologically and critically with literature in various contexts.


Evaluate ways people seek and communicate meaning through literature.


Demonstrate critical connections between literature, theology, and the life of faith.


Formulate research criteria and methodologies relevant for pursuing postgraduate-level research in theology and culture.

Unit sequence

This unit builds on and applies hermeneutical and theological skills gained in foundation units in CT and BA or DM units to the reading of fiction.

Prerequisites 48 points in CT and 24 points in BA or DM


The subject could combine a lecture with tutorials, or be run as a seminar-style subject, depending on enrolments. It could involve a combination of pre-reading, lecturer/tutor presentation, assessed in-class student presentations, in-class discussions.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Ashcroft, Bill, Frances Devlin-Glass, and Lyn McCredden. Intimate Horizons: The Post-Colonial Sacred in Australian Literature. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2009.
  • Bennett, Andrew, and Nicholas Royle. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory. 5th Abingdon: Routledge, 2016.
  • Carroll, John. The Western Dreaming: The Western World is Dying for Want of a Story. Sydney: HarperCollins, 2001.
  • Coleman, Claire G. Terra Nullius: A Novel. Easthampton: Small Beer Press, 2017.
  • Flanagan, Richard. The Narrow Road to the Deep North. London: Chatto & Windus, 2014.
  • Hart, Kevin. Wild Track: New and Selected Poems. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2015.
  • Malouf, David. Ransom. New York: Vintage, 2011.
  • Tacey, David. Re-Enchantment: The New Australian Spirituality. Melbourne: HarperCollins, 2000.
  • White, Patrick. The Tree of Man. London: Penguin, 1961.
  • Winton, Tim. The Turning. Melbourne: Penguin, 2014.
  • Wright, Alexis. Carpentaria. Sydney: Giramondo Publishing, 2006.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Seminar paper

1000 30.0


6000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-13 15:04:39 +1100