Units teaching the same Authors
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Australian Catholic University - Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary)
Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) at UNSW
Australian National University
Central Queensland University
Charles Darwin University
Charles Sturt University
Edith Cowan University
James Cook University
King's College London
La Trobe University
Queensland University of Technology
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Southern Cross University
Texas Christian University
University of Adelaide
University of Canberra
University of Melbourne
University of New England
University of New South Wales
University of Newcastle
University of Notre Dame
University of Queensland
University of Southern Queensland
University of Sydney
University of Tasmania
University of Technology, Sydney
University of the Sunshine Coast
University of Western Australia
University of Wollongong
Australian Literature and Society (Contemporary)
This unit explores the distinctive qualities of contemporary Australian literature with particular reference to poetry, short stories, novels and plays published in the last twenty years or so. It will focus on problems of regionalism, isolation and multiculturalism and also examine current social concerns expressed in contemporary Australian writing.
On completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge of recent Australian literature;
2. appraise the principal factors in the texts studied and explore the question of whether the literature achieves a distinctive Australian character;
3. recognise the principal themes in the selected texts and relate them to Australia's cultural background.
1. Prose fiction as a literary genre: experiments with style and form, treatment of issues such as feminism, racism and regionalism.
2. Intensive study of at least three recent Australian novels: social and political commentary, multi-culturalism, and the novel as a medium for comedy.
3. Australian drama: current themes and issues; experiments in form and their implication for performance of contemporary drama.
4. Australian poetry: regionalism (with special reference to Western Australia); experiments in form and direction; satire.
Tutorial/Seminar assignment - 30%
Assignment - 30%
Examination - 40%