Units of Study

ASLT2620 - Writing Australian Nature

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Brigid Anne Rooney


How does Australian writing engage with Australian nature? What roles have writers (in tandem with artists, photographers and others) played in shaping consciousness of the environment - its wonders, complexities and layered human histories? This unit introduces relevant conceptual frames to examine Australian literary and cultural depictions of, and engagements with nature and the environment in a range of Indigenous and non- Indigenous texts. Can literature transform the way we think about and care for the world in which we live?


1x1000wd oral presentation (20%), 1x2000wd portfolio (40%), 1x1500wd essay (40%)


(when available):
White, Tree of Man
Lohrey, Vertigo
Winton, Dirt Music
Leigh, The Hunter
McGahan, Wonders of a Godless World
A Course Reader will include other set works, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous poetry, fictional and non-fictional writings


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 junior credit points from Table A

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This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.

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