This course examines a range of literary, theatrical and cinematic crime narratives from the 19th century to the present. It explores Australian literary, stage and screen history through the ideas of crime and the criminal, introducing students to key 19th and 20th century texts and investigating the relationships between literature, ethics, law and society. It also introduces students to a range of critical approaches to reading genres such as detective and noir fiction, the western, and the gangster film. Films studied may include The Proposition and Animal Kingdom, and writers considered may include Marcus Clarke, Mary Fortune, Kim Scott and Dorothy Porter.
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:
- Think critically about notions of crime, justice and ethics in relation to literature and Australian culture
- Write and speak critically about a range of literary and cinematic genres
- Critically analyse and evaluate literary and cinematic texts, and popular discourses of crime and criminality
- Demonstrate familiarity with a range of key Australian texts and films from the early nineteenth century to the present
Indicative Assessment1,500 word essay (35%, learning outcomes 1,2,3,4)
2,500 word essay (55%, learning outcomes 1,2,3,4)
Tutorial participation (10%, learning outcomes 1,2,4)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials, and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsPreliminary Reading: Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life(Penguin or UQP).
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