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Subject details

Students are expected to:

  1. demonstrate independent critical research analysis leading to the communication of an essay-based argument
  2. have the ability to work contextually between genres, eras and media (e.g. from printed to cinematic to online texts and interactive formats)
  3. have the ability to apply literary insights into broader social and environmental contexts
  4. have professionalism in terms of punctuality, required levels of online participation, task management, team-based communication and presentation of work
  5. have the ability to take the insights and skills of this subject into further learning and to encourage the learning of others.
  • Topics
    • Module 1. Colonial to Federation eras
    • Module 2. Francis Webb and postwar Australia
    • Module 3. Postwar to Contemporary Eras
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject explores the key works of Australian literature from the nineteenth century to the present. Students are introduced to major writers through the shorter mediums of short stories, poetry, theatre and non-fiction. The representation of relations between place and culture; the city/bush divide; history; memory and subjectivity; class and social change; gender codes and sexuality; recent challenges to unifying national myths; Indigenous and multicultural writing; and (post)colonial frames form some of the subject's concerns. By the end of the subject, students will be able to identify and discuss major Australian writers across different eras, and their relation to one another, with confidence, potentially leading to further Australian literary studies.

  • Assignment 1 - AusLit Article analysis (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Research essay (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online forum participation (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Online quiz (10%)

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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