ENGL4107 Australian Literary Studies

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)]
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alison Bartlett
Unit rules
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
Contact hours
Seminar - 1 x 2 hrs 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.