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Hobart, Launceston



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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Australian Literature
Unit code HEN314
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English

Dr. Robert Clarke

Teaching staff

Dr. Robert Clarke

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Close reading skills: (undertake close reading of Australian literary prose, poetry, drama, and film).
  2. 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.).
  3. 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.
  4. Research skills: (conduct research to locate secondary critical sources that can inform reading and engagement with Australian literature and film)..
  5. 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).




25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Mutual Exclusions

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 5 contact hours fortnightly (13 weeks)

Off Campus: Online (13 weeks)


Task 1: In class presentation and participation/Online facilitation and participation (30%

Task 2: Short essay (30%)

Task 3: Research essay (40%)

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