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 postcolonial societies. There is an emphasis on Australian writing.

Unit content

Topic 1 Realism and modernism
Topic 2 Postmodernism
Topic 3 Postcolonial revisions: Beloved

Topic 4 Decentering the centre: White Teeth
Topic 5 Essay writing skills
Topic 6 Australian literary belongings
Topic 7 Multicultural Australia: The Fig Tree

Topic 8 Australian identities and cultural cringe: My Life as A Fake
Topic 9 Indigenous writing: That Deadman Dance
Topic 10 Gendered writing

Topic 11 Facts and fictions: Jo Cinque's Consolation

Topic 12: Intertextual pluralities: The Hours

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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