Australia Fair: Post-Federation Australian Literature
This subject examines dominant narratives of the Australian nation and texts that challenge these narratives, especially in relation to the multiple ways that the term 'fair' is represented. It takes into consideration texts from a variety of genres (including literature, film, television, and children's literature) from different moments in Australian history, and from diverse locations. The subject considers the emergence of Australian stories in relation to topics such as migration, place, interracial encounters, and gender and class differences.
Students will acquire the following statistical, information, computer and academic literacy as a result of explicit teaching / learning activities in this subject: Coherent knowledge of an aspect of the English discipline; Self confidence in oral communication; Increased competency in written communication; Increased skill in critical analysis; Application of cultural and intellectual diversity; Increased understanding of acquiring, organising and presenting information.
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to: Identify some of the cultural, political, ideological and intellectual background to the dominant story of the Australian nation; Use scholarly commentaries and a variety of literary, historical and social theories to construct sophisticated, theorised and critical readings of texts; Test ideas and arguments before student colleagues and teachers in oral form; Demonstrate a respect for the ideas of others and offer critical and informed responses to them.
Close reading essay 1 (25%); Seminar presentation and follow-up paper (30%); Research Essay (35%), Participation 10%.