This Literary Studies unit introduces students to the history and significant themes of Australian literature. Students will be required to read a series of important literary texts that indicate the diversity of content and form in Australian literature across the previous 220 years. The representation of Aboriginality will be one of the unit's central themes. Students completing the unit will be able to identify some of the significant preoccupations of Australian literature. They will also be able to discuss the development of Australian writing in response to global issues.

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ACL2001 - Reading Contemporary Fiction

ACL2002 - Studying Poetry and Poetics

Students enrolled in course code ABAB or LBLA must have completed two of the following units ACL1002Studying Poetry and Poetics, ACL2001 Reading Contemporary Fiction, ACL2007 Romance and Realism.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate and appraise the key issues in Australian literature, its history and significant themes  
  2. Present literary arguments in a variety of verbal and textual settings and formats;  
  3. Discuss and debate complex problems; and  
  4. Negotiate literary representations of diverse cultures through the study of literary texts.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Critique 15%
Presentation Presentation and written report (500 words) 35%
Essay Essay Part A (750 words) 25%
Essay Essay Part B (750 words) 25%

Required reading

Barracuda Allen and Unwin
Christos Tsiolkas,

Wake in fright Text
Kenneth Cook,

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