Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • 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.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12)
Tutorial on-site 1.5 hours (12)
Discussion board10%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12)
Discussion board10%

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