Read up on the status of literature and its place in the 21st century. Lose yourself in poetry, novels and essays. Go over contemporary literary debates about issues like race and gender. Draw links between your literary writing and the modern world.
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Students are expected to:
1. Analyse and compare literary texts across a range of genres, including the novel, the essay, poetry, and hybrid genres, using a sound critical vocabulary and scholarly research
2. Explain key features of the contemporary literary field, including the role of literary celebrity, creative writing programmes, and digital media, and analyse how these features impact on literary texts
3. Reflect on the role of critical writing and essays in the contemporary literary field
4. Explain and analyse how literature participates in debates in the public sphere, including discussions over race, immigration, ethics, history, and the representation of disasters
5. Develop well-reasoned arguments about literary texts, and support these arguments orally and in writing
- Institutions of Literature (Weeks 1-3)
- The Burden of History (Weeks 4-6)
- Global Movements (Weeks 7-9)
- Poetry and Disaster (Weeks 10-12)
- Essay Workshop (Week 13)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
MAQ-ENGX120-Approaches to English Literature, or MAQ-ENG110 ;
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject explores the role of literature in the twenty-first century. It focuses on how writing in a range of genres participates in contemporary debates and controversies, including discussions over race, globalisation, terrorism, climate change, ethics, and other major contemporary issues. We will consider how the circumstances in which literature is written affect how writers engage in these debates, looking at the influence of creative writing programmes, digital media, and literary celebrity.
- Criticism in Public (50%)
- Short Research Essay (30%)
- Forum Participation (20%)