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.
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:
- Demonstrate familiarity with key Australian literary works from the early nineteenth century to the present.
- Write and speak critically about literary texts in a range of genres including novels, films, poetry and drama.
- Identify and discuss a range of theoretical approaches to literature and race, sexuality and cultural difference.
- Read carefully with attention to detail and to the ways in which texts are constructed.
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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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
Melissa Lucashenko, Mullumbimby
Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career
Christina Stead, The Man Who Loved Children
Patrick White, The Twyborn Affair
Christos Tsiolkas, Merciless Gods
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