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.
Introduction to Australian Literature (ENGL1100) provides a general introduction to the study of Australian literature. In reading 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. Study of two novels which consider the relationship between story-telling, history and fiction: Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang, and Janet Kelly's The Colour of Walls.
2. A study of short stories from the late nineteenth and twentieth century, which looks in detail at literary form and stylistic innovation.
3. Discussion of three novels/novellas which consider key themes in Australian culture: invasion and its representation; war and masculity; and sexuality and cultural identity.
The course will also introduce you to research resources in the field of Australian literature, among which the most helpful is the Austlit database (at http://www.austlit.edu.au/). You are encouraged to browse in Austlit to get a sense of the range of contemporary and historical writing and criticism.
Essay - True Histories?
Essay - Reading Short Stories