Reading and Writing Australian Biography


In this course students explore biography from a range of contexts through reading and discussion of how these texts were constructed and how they can be read as historical documents.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the genre of biography and its social and cultural positioning in Australia;

2. Demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding of various forms of biography and the ways in which these are constructed and used;

3. Demonstrate skills in critically reading social and cultural biography;

4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the place of biography in Australian social and cultural contexts;

5. Demonstrate skills in research and communication appropriate to advanced undergraduate level.


  • the genre of biography
  • the social functions of biography in Australia
  • forms of biography--literary, historical, life history, political, feminist, indigenous
  • writers, publishers, magazines
  • using biography in hybrid genres

Assumed Knowledge

20 units at 1000 level, including The Australian Experience OR Introduction to Creative Writing OR Fiction, Drama, Film: An Introduction OR equivalent.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Short critique/review

Essay: Major essay

Participation: Tutorial participation

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term