Subject details

In addition to learning about major cultural and political events and developments in Australia in the period examined, you will be developing skills in reading literary texts socially as well as personally. The main focus will be on reading and analysing interesting and stimulating works of literature, and finding ways of relating them meaningfully to their social contexts.

  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • History, ideology & poetry in lead-up to Federation
    • Journalism of Sydney bulletin, short stories by H. Lawson
    • Gender and writing in the 1890's
    • Journalism of Louisa Lawson
    • Stories by women writers
    • Miles Franklin and 'My Brilliant Career'
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements


Note: Level 3 subjects normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 and 2 subjects or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -
    • Broadband access

In this subject you read a selection of poetry and short stories and a short novel as a basis for reflecting upon themes of nationality and gender in Australian literature and history. Texts include an anthology of poems and stories from the 1890s, Franklin’s My Brilliant Career, and a subject dossier of relevant literary, historical and critical writings.

The subject examines inter-relations between literary writing and reading, cultural institutions and political movements and ideologies during the two decades that principally shaped the national identity.

  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (35%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (45%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online Discussion — Disc. Posts and Reflection (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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