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Unit Overview


The way that we conceive of Australia is continually contested and challenged in literature and cinema. In this unit, we look at the way that key films and literary works have helped define and re-define the basic assumptions of Australian identity. From literary nationalism, modernism and postmodernism to cinematic new waves, Australian literature and cinema have been alive to the changes and dynamic contradictions of Australian experience. In particular, the unit looks at how literature and cinema express the cultural diversity of contemporary Australia and the ongoing challenge posed by Indigenous sovereignty. The unit also situates Australian literature as a ‘world literature' and Australian cinema within the circuits of global cinema.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) engage critically with key works of Australian literature and cinema; (2) demonstrate their understanding of the history, contexts and formal movements that have shaped Australian literature and cinema; (3) formulate effective written critique of Australian cultural texts; (4) participate in discussions which demonstrate clear listening, speaking and forensic skills in class environments; and (5) locate the analysis of Australian literary and cinematic texts within the field of English and Literary Studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation ; (2) critical exercise; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Unit rules
any Level 2 ENGL unit
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.