Aust Lit and the Canonical Imaginary (ENGL6991)


This unit examines a selection of Australian works that have - or have not - achieved the status of 'classics'. It will explore both theoretically and historically the processes of literary canon formation and the economy of literary prestige, developing techniques of close reading while also attending to the wider social contexts of reception and reputation-making both nationally and internationally.

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1x2hr seminar/week


1x6000wd Essay based on critical analysis of selected texts (100%)

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