Monash University

Restricted Access

Reason: This thesis was scanned from the print manuscript for digital preservation and is copyright the author. Researchers can access this thesis by asking their local university, institution or public library to make a request on their behalf. Monash staff and postgraduate students can use the link in the Reference field.

Constructing the subject : literature, teachers and curriculum change

posted on 2021-06-22, 00:53 authored by Catherine Beavis
Literature, the reading and study of texts, has for a century occupied a central place within subject English, as English itself has within schools. Yet recent years have seen a state of crisis, as cultural studies movements and ideological shifts have challenged and undermined long standing assumptions about the nature of literary study and the value of the subject in the curriculum. This study takes the instance of the specialist subject senior Literature as a case in point for exploring the processes of curriculum change. It considers the ways in which the subject was reread and reconstructed by teachers in the context of externally driven change, and the ways in which teachers felt they were required themselves to change.


Campus location


Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Faculty of Education


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Education

File Name


Usage metrics

    Faculty of Education Theses


    No categories selected