English Literature & Film 1
Explores a variety of representations of Australian identities and key facets of contemporary Australian culture through a range of literary texts. Approaches to topics will be varied to suit a diversity of learning styles. The course is designed to enable students to develop the skills of critical thinking, literary analysis and academic essay writing necessary for university study.
Students will develop:
1. A sound knowledge of the structures and techniques used in the writing of various forms of literature (drama, novel and poetry) and in the creation of film.
2. A sound knowledge of the terminilogy used in the analysis of literature and film, and the ways in which to use it.
3. Some understanding of the variety of critical approaches that may be employed in the study of literature and film.
4. The ability to develop independent responses to a variety of literary texts.
5. The ability to work collaboratively in small groups.
6. The skills necessary to think critically and respond appropriately in both written and oral forms to a variety of fictional texts.
7. The skills necessary to write an academic essay.
ContentThrough a range of imaginative texts, EPHUMA144 English Literature and Film 1 will focus on the representation of the relationship between identities and different types of Australian environments and social contexts, including those of rural, suburban and urban Australia.
Students will be encouraged to think critically about the relationship between imaginative texts and the cultural contexts that produce them.
One written exercise: Critical analysis of different forms of literary genre.
One major essay: presentation of coherent argument in appropriate academic form on one literary genre.
Short tutorial essay
Final examination, in the University examination period.
One group oral presentation: discussion of representations of Australian identities.