. The Poetry of James McAuley.
This subject presents a study of the distinctive works of the Australian literary imagination. It focuses on the characteristic features of Australian literature and the question of how to define it (and how it defines us). We shall observe the struggles and concerns that have helped shape Australian culture, particularly in the light of a spiritual sensibility at grips with a secularist society. Works studied may include the short stories of Henry Lawson, fiction by major novelists such as Patrick White, and selected poems from a range of authors.
Week 1: Introduction to Australian literature
Week 2: The Short Stories of Henry Lawson
Week 3: Henry Handel Richardson, The Getting of Wisdom
Week 4: The Poetry of James McAuley
Week 5: Patrick White, Voss
Week 6: Patrick White, Voss
Week 7: The Poetry of Les Murray
Week 8: The Poetry of Les Murray
Week 9: David Williamson, Dons Party
Week 10: David Williamson, Dons Party
Week 11: Chris Koch, The Doubleman,
Week 12: The Poetry of Philip Hodgins
Week 13: The Poetry of Philip Hodgins
. The Poetry of Philip Hodgins.
. The Short Stories of Henry Lawson.
. The Poetry of Les Murray.
Assessment: 20 minute seminar presentation, 2,500 word essay, Exam.
Example Essay Question: How important it is to understand the three stages. Of God into man. Man. And man returning into God Here, suddenly, in this room, of which I imagined I knew all the corners, I understand.
Explore the idea of epiphany and religious enlightenment in Patrick Whites Voss. How does White believe such knowledge is gained?