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 South Australia
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
Contemporary Realities Through Australian Fiction
This unit introduces contemporary Australian novels and short fiction, focusing on issues related to multiculturalism, regionalism, feminism, globalism and the impact of increasing Americanisation. The unit uses the lens of Australian writing to foster an awareness of indigenous issues and to explore a range of international, socio-cultural and political issues.
On completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. identify dominant themes in recent Australian fiction;
2. describe the principal themes in the selected texts and relate them to Australia's cultural background;
3. explore those aspects of works which appear to contribute to their distinctive Australian character;
4. explain the relationship between discourse and critical practice; and
5. apply relevant theoretical principles to the analysis and discussion of selected literary texts; in particular, theories relating to writing in settler-cultures.
1. Prose fiction as a literary genre including experiments with style and form, treatment of issues such as feminism, racism and regionalism.
2. Intensive study of at least three recent Australian novels.
3. The novel as a medium for social and cultural comment.
4. The Australian short story: current themes and issues.
5. Relationships between international literary, cultural and political developments and their impact on the Australian literary scene.
Oral presentation 15%; Research essay 35%; Examination 50%