VCE Literature Units 1 & 2
The study of literature focuses on the enjoyment and appreciation of reading that arises from discussion, debate and the challenge of exploring the meanings of literary texts. Students reflect on their interpretations and those of others.
The study is based on the premise that meaning is derived from the relationship between the text, the context in which it was produced and the experience of life and literature the reader brings to the texts. Accordingly, the study encompasses texts that vary in form and range from past to contemporary social and cultural contexts. Students learn to understand that texts are constructions, to consider the complexity of language and to recognise the influence of contexts and form. The study of literature encourages independent and critical thinking in students’ analytical and creative responses to texts, which will assist students in the workforce and in future academic study.
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.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to respond to a range of texts and reflect on influences
shaping these responses.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse the ways in which texts reflect or comment on
the ideas and concerns of individuals and particular groups in society.
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.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and respond critically and creatively to the ways
a text from a past era and/or a different culture reflect or comment on the ideas and concerns of individuals and
groups in that context.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to compare texts considering the dialogic nature of texts
and how they influence each other.