Humanity and the World: Global Contemporary Literature
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- 27 Jul 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- 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.
- Explain key features of the contemporary literary field and analyse how these features impact on literary texts.
- Reflect on the role of critical writing and essays in the contemporary literary field.
- Explain and analyse how literature participates in debates in the public sphere, including discussions over race, immigration, ethics, history, and the representation of disasters.
- Develop well-reasoned arguments about literary texts, and support these arguments orally and in writing.
- Indigenous relations
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
ENGX1002 or ENGX120 and 20 cp at 2000 level
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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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
The limitations of Western conceptions of “the human” are highlighted in this unit as we consider how twenty-first century Australian Indigenous, American, postcolonial and other forms of literature challenge and expand Western conceptions of humanity, subjectivity and belonging. This unit looks at how literature is alive in the world today, and how it responds to the new challenges and opportunities afforded to it by the twenty-first century. The premise of this unit is that literature plays an active role in the contemporary public sphere, and that writers are developing exciting and innovative ways of responding both to contemporary debates on matters including race, immigration, gender, terrorism and globalisation, and to new contexts for their work, including the Internet, new forms of literary celebrity, and the rise of creative writing programmes. You will be encouraged to see how the essays you write and the literary analysis you perform can help to create links between the so-called “real world” and the texts you read. We will reflect on how we read literature now, and how we can best write about literature to capture its presence and power in our lives.
- Participatory Tasks (20%)
- Quiz (10%)
- Secondary Literature Review (30%)
- Research Essay (40%)
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