This course provides an overview of recent developments and new directions in Australian writing. It will look at recent writing in Australia across a range of genres, including those that blur the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction. We will consider how Australian writers have engaged with pressing global questions - for example, the ongoing effects of settler colonialism and gendered violence - as well as how the world continues to read Australia through its works of literature. The course will also examine the workings of the contemporary Australian literary field: the world of publishing, funding and literary reception that enables the writing and reading of literature in this country.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Interpret, analyse and discuss contemporary Australian writing within a wider literary and historical context;
- Conduct independent research and use it effectively in developing arguments;
- Analyse and assess critical and theoretical debates about themes of history, identity and place in Australian writing.
- Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.
Essay (1500 words) 30% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Comparative Essay (2500 words) 40% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Tutorial Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
1000 word critical analysis (20%) [LO4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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