ENGL3300 Australian Literature: Classic and Popular

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit is designed to increase students' understanding of Australian literature and film, of Australian literary tradition, and of the process of generic classification. The unit includes the study of texts across the variously 'high' and 'popular' spheres of culture, focusing on the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. The unit explores Australian drama, fiction, cinema and poetry, the relationship of these forms to the social, aesthetic and cultural values of their period, and the way in which perception of them has changed over time. It looks at the way that literary texts have been valued in Australia and continue to be valued in different ways.
Students are able to (1) analyse works of literature and film, and form comparative judgements about them; (2) relate the poetry, drama, fiction and film studied to Australian culture more broadly; (3) assess the cultural merits of the works studied and make informed judgements about their generic classification as classic and/or popular; (4) express ideas, information and argument coherently and logically in written and oral forms; (5) work effectively as a member of a collaborative group in a tutorial context; (6) enhance research skills in locating and assessing critical writing in traditional and digital media; and (7) gain a critical understanding of ideologies such as race, gender and class in literary and cultural contexts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation and presentation; (2) critical exercise; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alison Bartlett
Unit rules
any Level 2 ENGL unit
ENGL2702 Australian Literature: Classic and Popular
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.