Australian Literature

Australian Literature

ASLT2602 Revolutionary Writing?: 1960s and beyond

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Bernadette Brennan Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points including 12 junior credit points from English Prohibitions: ASLT2002 Assessment: 1x1500wd essay (30%) and 1x3000wd take-home exercise (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
The 1960s were a time of international cultural and social upheaval. A new range of cultural influences, drugs, pop art, sexual, women's and gay liberation, and the predominantly American counter-culture, influenced a new generation of Australian writers. Bush realism gave way to previously censored subject material - sex, drugs, anti-Vietnam War sentiment - and innovative forms of writing. This unit of study investigates these issues through the works of some of the key writers of this period.
ASLT2609 Australian Writing in the Postmodern Age

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points including 12 Junior credit points from English Prohibitions: ASLT2009 Assessment: 1x1500wd Essay (30%) and 1x3000wd Take-home exercise (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Must one country's postmodernism look the same as another's? Must one hemisphere's? Concentrating upon works written since 1988, this course looks at some of the early texts of Australian postmodernism, the domestic and international contexts in which they took seed, and how Australian postmodernism has subsequently developed, asking as it does so whether it has any distinguishing features, trying to explain what these might be, and how they might have come about.
ASLT2616 Australian Stage and Screen

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (18 Junior credit points including 12 Junior credit points from English) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) Prohibitions: ASLT2016, ASLT2006 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x2000wd Take-home exercise (40%), 1xOral Presentation, 1x500wd written summary (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Australian theatre and cinema have lively, at times intersecting, histories, and have played significant roles at both national and international levels, from the depiction of various local 'types' on stage and screen, to the work of Australian actors, directors and cinematographers overseas. This unit examines selected plays and films over the last century or so through a number of thematic focuses, including: race, gender and national identity; comic traditions; Australia and the world; modernity and innovation.
ASLT2619 Australian Gothic

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Peter Kirkpatrick Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (18 junior credit points including 12 junior credit points from English) or (18 junior credit points including ENGL1011) Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x2000wd take-home exercise (40%), 1x oral presentation, 1x500wd written summary (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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.
ASLT2620 Writing Australian Nature

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points including 12 Junior credit points from English Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial task (15%), 1x1500wd journal writing task (35%) and 1x2000wd Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How does writing engage with nature in Australia - its geographic wonders, its layered meanings and its complex human histories? What roles have writers, artists, photographers and others played in creating an environmental consciousness? This unit examines Indigenous and non-Indigenous texts, introducing themes that have shaped and defined Australian literature, past and present. How have Australian nature, place and environment challenged writers? Can literature transform the way we think about or care for the world in which we live?
ASLT2622 Australian Modernism

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Robert Dixon Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points including 12 junior credit points from English Prohibitions: ASLT2601 Assessment: 1x1500wd essay (30%), 1x3000wd take-home exercise (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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.
ASLT3607 Literature, Nation, Location

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 18 senior credit points from English or Australian Literature Assessment: 1x1500wd essay research and development (35%), 1x3000wd research essay (65%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Australian literature today is actively renegotiating the relationship between its legacy of cultural nationalism and the effects of globalisation. This unit takes an overview of Australian literature as a contemporary field of cultural production and as a disciplinary formation, examining connections between literature, nation and location. Students will ask how and in what ways Australian literature and its criticism are connected to the world literary system. Students explore national and transnational methodologies, and the force of provincial or local perspectives.
ASLT4011 Australian Literature Honours A

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 3x2hr seminars/week Assessment: 1x15000wd thesis (40%), 3x6000wd written work (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Honours is an intensive year-long program of advanced study based around research. Honours is undertaken after successful completion of a Bachelor degree and where the overall mark is a minimum credit average (70%). Entry into Honours is selective and work at this level is challenging. Honours is available in most subjects areas taught in the Faculty, and which are listed under Tables A and B in the Handbook. Students will complete a thesis and coursework seminars throughout the year. For further information contact the Honours Coordinator in the department or consult the Handbook entry for the relevant subject area.
ASLT4012 Australian Literature Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ASLT4011 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to ASLT4011
ASLT4013 Australian Literature Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ASLT4012 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to ASLT4011
ASLT4014 Australian Literature Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ASLT4013 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to ASLT4011