Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study

ENGL6115 - Reading Suburbia

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Brigid Anne Rooney


Suburbia is a bad object in Australian literature. Neither city nor bush, suburbs can seem culturally bland zones of consumerist domesticity from which artists and writers want to escape. Yet loathing of suburbia can be mixed with desire. This unit explores various topographies of suburbia in fiction, poetry, non-fiction and film. Why do writers return to suburbia? How do suburbs give shape to settler modernity, or stimulate literary modernism? Is the suburb a national or transnational scene in Australian writing?


1x2000wd written assignment (30%), 1x500wd research essay proposal (10%),1x3500wd research essay (60%)


1x2-hr seminar/week


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