UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENGL4107 Australian Literary Studies

Credit 6 points
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(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in English and Cultural Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content This unit offers students the opportunity for specialist studies in Australian literature. It draws on innovative approaches to the study of writing and literary institutions in Australia, and aims to provide a contextualised study of Australian texts. The nature of this contextualisation may vary from time to time, depending on the interests of the staff members available to teach the unit. Students reflect on the shifting definitions of Australian literature, on nationalist, revisionist and transcultural approaches to national literary histories, and on a variety of genres, modes and ideological aspects of Australian literature through the close study of a group of texts. The unit also introduces students to current debates about methodology in Australian literary studies, and develops digital resources of primary and secondary texts.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) acquire a developed knowledge of the literary history of Australia; (2) participate in critical debates about key aspects of Australian literature; (3) enhance their understanding of developments and continuities in Australian culture; and (4) develop informed opinions about the theoretical and historical basis of ideas of national identity as represented in literature and criticism.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) critical exercise; (2) essay; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Philip Mead
Unit rules
Prerequisites: sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENGL4107/SEM-2/2017

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