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Unit Overview


This unit offers an innovative approach to the writing and reading of literature today. In the wake of the globalised economy and mass migrations of the last 50 years, literature has become a transnational phenomenon. At the same time, postcolonialism has refocused critical attention upon the writings of Indigenous peoples. The unit studies contemporary creative writing in various genres and media drawn from around the world, with particular emphasis on Asian writing, and on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing. Emphasis is placed on close reading, and assessment includes reflective readers' reports and an optional creative writing folio. The objectives and content of the unit link in with the language strand of the new Australian Curriculum in English, and with the cross-curriculum priorities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and Australia's relationship with Asia.

6 points

Students are able to (1) understand the contexts and traditions of contemporary literature, as demonstrated in their readers' reports; (2) enhance their close reading skills and achieve a richer understanding of contemporary literary forms; (3) gain a greater knowledge of contemporary Asian writing; (4) relate creative writing to critical reflection on contemporary issues; and (5) situate their readings of texts in relation to transnational cultural theory and practice.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective journal; (2) a seminar presentation; and (3) 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 Tanya Dalziell
Contact hours
2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
  • 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.