In this Literary Studies unit we will introduce the history and significant themes of Australian literature and identify some of the significant preoccupations across Australian literature. We will read a series of selected literary texts that illustrate the diversity of content and form across the previous 200 years of Australian literature. Some the unit themes are the representation of Aboriginality and the development of Australian writing in response to global issues.

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ACL2001 - Reading Contemporary Fiction

ACL2002 - Studying Poetry and Poetics

ACL2007 - Romance and Realism

Students must have completed two of the following units: ACL2001 Reading Contemporary Fiction, ACL2002 Studying Poetry and Poetics, ACL2007 Romance and Realism.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the key issues in Australian literature, and appraise its historical background and significant themes;  
  2. Critically reflect on and develop literary arguments in a variety of contexts;  
  3. Explore theoretical positions and analyse complex problems and global issues; and  
  4. Negotiate literary representations of diverse cultures and collectives through the study of literary texts.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Comparison (600 words) 15%
Essay Critical Essay Part A (600 words) 25%
Essay Critical Essay Part B (900 words) 25%
Presentation Small group presentation (20 minutes) and written report (500 words) 35%

Required reading

The Drover's Wife
Purcell Leah, 2016

Wake in fright
Kenneth Cook, 2012

Lohrey Amanda, 2009
Black Inc

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