Contemporary Australian Literature

Course code ENGL2009
Not available in 2017


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.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


  1. 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): ENGL3460. Students who have successfully completed ENGL3460 are not eligible to enrol in ENGL2009.


This course replaces ENGL3460. If you have successfully completed ENGL3460 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Two to four written assignments *

Participation: Student participation in class discussion

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours