Contemporary Australian Literature

Course code ENGL2009Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines recent writing of fiction in Australia from 1990 to the present. It covers a range of genres, including novel, short story, autobiography and metafiction, and explores the tension between postmodernism and politics in the field through an examination of the discourses of gender, class, race and sexuality in each text.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will have:
1. a detailed knowledge of the texts on the course and of the literary field under examination;
2. the ability to analyse literary texts in their social contexts; and
3. a detailed understanding of the theoretical concepts informing recent shifts in the field.
Content1. an examination of the diverse generic content of Australian fiction of the last decade;
2. an examination of the relationship between literary text and social context;
3. an examination of the consistent tension between postmodernism and;
4. discussion of politics in the period.
Replacing Course(s)ENGL3460 Contemporary Australian Literature
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed ENGL3460 Contemporary Australian Literature are precluded from enrolment in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of English at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo to four written assignments (maximum equiv. 2500 words), which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, peer reviews, in-class or online tests and/or quizzes, wikis, or journal entries, totalling approximately 4000 words. (100%)
Other: (please specify)Student participation in class discussion may be assessed. Students will be notified in assessment documents at the beginning of the term whether and how participation will be assessed.

Students must submit all assessment items in order to complete the course.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENGL2009