Australian Modernism (ASLT2622)


By 1900 Australia was one of the most urbanised countries in the world and embraced modern life - city living, new technologies, the mass media - with a passion second only to that of the USA. Focusing on the early to mid-twentieth century, this unit explores literary responses to Australian modernity within both popular and high culture, from the poetry of urban life to experimental fiction, together with some of the relationships between writing and other art forms.

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Further unit of study information


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


1x1500wd essay (30%), 1x3000wd take-home exercise (70%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


18 junior credit points including 12 junior credit points from English



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.