Contemporary Australian Poetry

Course code ENGL3999Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course introduces students to Australian poetry from the period 1965 through to the present, a period in which it responded vigorously to international movements in poetry such modernism, postmodernism and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry and other avant garde movements. Beginning with a pre-history of the failure of Australian poetry to engage in any significant way with European and North American Modernism, the course then examines the introduction into Australian poetry of free verse in the 1960s. It then examines the so-called avant gardist generation of '68, and the conservative reaction against them through the 1970s and 1980s, commonly referred to as the 'poetry wars'. This period also saw the rise to prominence of many important women poets as well as several poets writing in Aboriginal English.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1) Recognise distinct themes and formal attributes of contemporary Australian poetry;
2) Demonstrate skills in interpretation and analysis of contemporary Australian poetry at intermediate undergraduate level;
3) Demonstrate the ability to communicate at intermediate undergraduate level;
4) Demonstrate skills in information literacy and use of technology to perform research;
5) Write analytic essays at intermediate undergraduate level.
ContentContent of this course will vary from offering to offering, but will focus on the study of the development of Australian poetry from the 1960s through to the present.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
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