• Class Number 3638
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Julieanne Lamond
    • Dr Bridget Vincent
    • AsPr Julieanne Lamond
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

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.

Required Resources

Evelyn Araluen, Dropbear (available at Harry Hartog, or free online through the ANU library)

Melissa Lucashenko, Edenglassie (available at Harry Hartog, or free online through the ANU library)

Christina Stead, The Man Who Loved Children (available at Harry Hartog)

Alice Pung, Laurinda (available at Harry Hartog)

Henry Handel Richardson, The Getting of Wisdom (available at Harry Hartog, or free online through the ANU library)

Whether you are on campus or studying online, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments on both essays
  • verbal comments on essays in one-on-one meetings by appointment
  • verbal feedback on tutorial participation by appointment
  • feedback to whole class following the return of essay 1.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Evelyn Araluen, Dropbear
2 The lyric essay
3 Colonial Gothic Short Stories
4 Contemporary Gothic: Deadloch
5 Melissa Lucashenko, Edenglassie
6 Melissa Lucashenko, Edenglassie Essay 1 due Thursday, 4th April, 8pm.
7 Poetry in the museum: Lisa Gorton and Ellen van Neerven
8 Gender and class in the Melbourne Bildungsroman: Henry Handel Richardson, The Getting of Wisdom, and Alice Pung, Laurinda
9 Literary response and literary friendship: Judith Wright and Oodgeroo Noonuccul
10 Christina Stead, The Man Who Loved Children
11 Christina Stead, The Man Who Loved Children
12 Power and publishing: Literary Anthologies Essay 2 due Wednesday, 29 May, 8pm.

Tutorial Registration

via MyTimetable

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial participation (10%) 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Essay 1 (40%) 40 % 04/04/2024 26/04/2024 1,2,4
Essay 2 (50%) 50 % 29/05/2024 21/06/2024 1,2,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Tutorial participation (10%)

Participation will be assessed in relation to students' active, critical engagement in class discussion, evidence of preparation, familiarity with set texts and secondary sources, and respectful interaction with fellow students.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 04/04/2024
Return of Assessment: 26/04/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Essay 1 (40%)

2,500 word essay on one of the texts studied from weeks 1-6 on the course, due 4th April 2024. Essay questions and rubric are available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 29/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Essay 2 (50%)

3,500 word essay on one of the texts studied on the course, due 29th May 2024. Essay questions and rubric are available on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Julieanne Lamond

Research Interests

Australian literature, reading history, book history, literature and gender.

AsPr Julieanne Lamond

Sunday By Appointment
By Appointment
Dr Bridget Vincent

Research Interests

Australian literature, reading history, book history, literature and gender.

Dr Bridget Vincent

By Appointment
AsPr Julieanne Lamond

Research Interests

AsPr Julieanne Lamond

Sunday By Appointment
By Appointment

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