This unit will consider major authors and texts, developments and trends in Australian Literature. It examines Australian literature as a regional, national, and international literature with a set of distinct and vibrant cultures. Students will consider the histories, preoccupations, and functions of literature within Australian culture, and topics studied may include: the literary response to place and landscape; colonialism and postcolonialism; class, race and gender; the evolution of Australian literary culture; contemporary developments in Australian writing; and the relationship of fiction, theatre, and poetry to national history.
|Unit name||Australian Literature|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Coordinator||Doctor Robert Clarke|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- close reading skills: undertake close reading of Australian literary prose, poetry, drama, and film
- critical engagement: critically engage with Australian literary prose, poetry drama, and film with reference to significant themes of modern Australian society and life: e.g. class, race, gender, globalization, etc.
- knowledge: knowledge of specific texts, and trends, debates, and institutions within Australian literary and film cultures, as well as knowledge of significant themes in Australian society and culture
- research skills: conduct research to locate secondary critical sources that can inform reading and engagement with Australian literature and film
- academic writing and presentation skills: present the results of analyses of Australian literature and film in a number of forms including academic essay and class presentations
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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Prerequisites25 credit points at Introductory level or higher
|Assessment||In class presentation and participation/Online facilitation and participation (30%)|Short Essay (30%)|Research Essay (40%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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