Introduces students to a number of contemporary written texts. Major issues and themes are identified and a number of critical methods are exploited. Particular attention is paid to those issues and themes which can be seen as having special relevance to post-colonial societies. There is an emphasis on Australian writing.
Module 1: Critiquing contemporary writing practices
Topic 1 Defining aesthetics: Realism, modernity and postcolonial interventions
Topic 2 Other histories
Topic 3 Beyond (post)colonial
Module 2: Writing Australia
Topic 4 Australian literary belongings
Topic 5 Away from the centre: Multicultural Australia
Topic 6 Faking identities: Australia's cultural cringing
Topic 7 Literary dreaming: Indigenous writings
Module 3: Gender, sexuality and difference
Topic 8 Gendered writing
Topic 9 Writing facts: Dealing with fictions
Topic 10 Intertextual pluralities: Queering Virginia Woolf
Module 4: Local realisations: Global implications
Topic 11 Beyond postmodernity
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify and discuss some of the major issues and themes in contemporary writing||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Ethical practice|
|2||demonstrate familiarity with some of the major innovations in writing styles and genres||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Ethical practice|
|3||identify issues and themes of particular relevance to postcolonial societies||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Ethical practice|
|4||recognise the value of different critical/theoretical approaches (for example, feminist, postcolonial and poststructuralist) in analysing contemporary writing||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Ethical practice|
|5||demonstrate essay writing forms and practices.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Ethical practice|
- Ashcroft, B, Griffiths, G & Tiffin, H , 1989, The empire writes back, Routledge, London; New York..
- Carey, P, 2004, My life as a fake, Vintage, Milsons Point.
- Cunningham, M, 2003, The hours, Fourth Estate, London.
- Garner, H, 2004, Joe Cinque’s consolation, Picador, Sydney.
- Morrison, T, 1987, Beloved, Picador, London.
- Scott, K , 2010, That deadman dance, Pan Macmillan.
- Smith, Z, 2001, White teeth, Penguin, Middlesex.
- Zable, A , 2002, The fig tree, Text, Melbourne.
Teaching and assessment
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