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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in English and Literary Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical exercise; (2) essay; and (3) seminar participation. 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)
Dr. Shalmalee Palekar
Unit rules
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
Contact hours
Seminar - 1 x 2 hrs per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.