• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
Imaginary Journeys: Writing Travel in Australian Literature and Film (ENGL2111)

Where and how do we encounter the traveller? This course will explore the spiralling routes of travellers and their imaginings as they confront sites of contact, connection and exchange in writing Australia. In particular, this course studies contemporary travel literatures about Australia. It focuses on drifters, settlers, migrant and diasporic observers as well as refugees and global travellers. The texts and theoretical material examined in this course investigate the rifts and entanglements between peoples, places, cultures, ways of seeing, knowing and being in the world. The emphasis will be on writing that is preoccupied with contemporary postcolonial debates regarding difference, marginality, liminality and hybridity within transcultural and transnational contexts. The course facilitates creative and critical responses to this writing.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically analyse, discuss and write about a text or series of texts, using a relevant theoretical approach;
  2. research and compose short fiction that engages with creative and critical work on travel and migration; and
  3. critically analyse, discuss and present on a text or film about a journey, using an appropriate theoretical approach.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In-class Presentation and Discussion (500 words) (10) [LO 3]
  2. Critical Essay (45) [LO 1]
  3. Creative response and critical commentary (45) [LO 2]

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130 hours of total student learning time over three weeks of a summer intensive, which is made up of:

36 hours of seminar

2 hours of film screening

92 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Murrray Bail, Eucalyptus (Melbourne: Text, 1998)

Behrouz Boochani, No Friend but the Mountains (Picador, 2018)  

Raimond Gaita, Romulus my Father (Melbourne: Text, 1998)

Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)


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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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