• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English

This course will change how you see Australian literature. It will not tell a story about the spirit of the pioneers or being at home in landscape. Instead, it will examine the history of literature in Australia as one of encounters with strangers and strangeness. From early gothic writing to contemporary novels and films, this course will introduce students to key works of Australian literature, questioning nationalist frameworks for thinking about such writing and positioning it within transnational cultural histories. We will use theories of cosmopolitanism, race and displacement to examine texts which challenge common expectations about how families, nations and novels work.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with key Australian literary works from the early nineteenth century to the present.
  2. Write and speak critically about literary texts in a range of genres including novels, films, poetry and drama.
  3. Identify and discuss a range of theoretical approaches to literature and race, sexuality and cultural difference.
  4. Read carefully with attention to detail and to the ways in which texts are constructed.

Indicative Assessment

Reading journal, 150 words per week (10%) LOs 2,3,4

Tutorial participation (10%) LOs 2,3,4

Minor essay, 1500 words (35%) LOs 1,2,3,4

Major essay, 2500 words (45%) LOs 1,2,3,4

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130 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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of English (ENGL) courses, or permission of the Course Convener.

Preliminary Reading

Melissa Lucashenko, Mullumbimby
Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career
Christina Stead, The Man Who Loved Children
Patrick White, The Twyborn Affair
Christos Tsiolkas, Merciless Gods


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4138 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View

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