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

This course rethinks ‘Australian literature’ as it is often conceived by foregrounding First Nations creative and critical production. It will not tell a story about the spirit of the pioneers or being at home in landscape. Instead, it takes students on a less-travelled path through Australian cultural history. From 19th-century gothic writing to contemporary novels, plays and films, this course will question nationalist frameworks for thinking about this body of work and offer new approaches to examining the relationship between literature and the nation state, and the role of our writers, theatre- and film-makers in shaping our social worlds. Students will be invited to examine works in a range of genres and forms which may include essays, creative nonfiction, novels, poetry, plays, film and television, developing skills in analysing these narrative forms and understanding of the breadth of cultural production in Australia today.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with a range of Australian literary, dramatic and cinematic texts from the early nineteenth century to the present;
  2. research, write and speak critically about literary, dramatic and cinematic texts in a range of genres;
  3. identify, research and discuss key critical and creative works by Aboriginal writers, playwrights and/or filmmakers; and
  4. research and critically analyse the ways in which literary, dramatic and cinematic narratives are constructed.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 3000 word essay (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 3000 word essay (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. In class analysis (10) [LO 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/film screenings and 12 hours of tutorials, and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL2085.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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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
3638 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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