Australian Gothic (ASLT2619)

UNIT OF STUDY

From the earliest days of European colonisation, alongside visions of its promise, Australia has also been seen as the worst of all possible worlds, a hellish place of exile where nature seemed uncannily strange or hostile. The 'gothic' has offered a powerful means of representing this dystopian theme. This unit examines the gothic mode in Australian literature and film from the nineteenth century to the present, taking in such issues as 'Weird Melancholy', ghosts, bunyips, badlands and postcolonial (dis)enchantment.

Further unit of study information

Classes

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

Assessment

1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x2000wd take-home exercise (40%), 1x oral presentation, 1x500wd written summary (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(18 junior credit points including 12 junior credit points from English) or (18 junior credit points including ENGL1011)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.