ENGL5502 Contemporary Writing

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tanya Dalziell
Contact hours
2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
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