Introduction to Australian Literature
A brief overview of Australian literature focussing on some of its central themes. Also a guide to reading literary texts. Focuses on short stories, novels and poetry.
ENGL1100 Introduction to Australian Literature provides a general introduction to the study of Australian literature. In addition to surveying texts from a range of genres and periods, students will be introduced to critical reading skills and to significant themes in Australian cultural history.
The course comprises three sections:
1. An initial look at nineteenth century texts (exclusively poetry and short stories) to acquaint students with the basic issues addressed in the literature of this period: convictism, men's rural working lives, women's lives, conflict with indigenous peoples etc.
2. A survey of the literature of the the twentieth century using short stories, novels, poetry and a sampling of indigenous texts to focus on a number of issues: black-white relationships, women's lives, competing ethnicities within Australian culture, etc.
3. A brief look at short stories and poems which might foreshadow issues in Australian literature in the twenty-first century.
Tutorial Participation and Attendance
Essay - Write Your Own Colonial Poem or Short Story