Guides students through the major contemporary theoretical debates about the relationship between written texts and the production of cultural and social meanings. Students will do a detailed study of the theories of Postmodernism, Post-colonialism and Feminism.
Module 1: Mapping literary engagement
- Deconstruction, Derrida and beyond
- New Historicism in the literary landscape
Module 2: Ethical engagements in literary criticism
- A question of authorship
- Power and ethics
- Theorising whiteness
- Subjectivity and power
Module 3: Beyond the postmodern
- Subjectivity in the 21st century
- Space and time after 9/11
- Postmodernity in the 21st century.
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||differentiate between major contemporary theories about writing and written texts and the relationship of texts to cultural practices||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
|2||recognise the theoretical positions underlying particular critical approaches to writing and textual analysis||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
|3||understand the significance of, the social and cultural contexts in which texts are made and read||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
|4||analyse texts from a number of theoretical perspectives.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
- Flanagan, Richard, 2008, Wanting, Knopf, North Sydney.
- Grenville, Kate, 2005, The Secret River, Text, Melbourne.
- Tsiolkas, Christos, 2008, The Slap, Allen & Unwin, Australia.
- Turner Hospital, Janet, 2007, Orpheus Lost, Fourth Estate, Sydney.
- Wright, Alexis, 2006, Carpentaria, Giramondo, Sydney.
Teaching and assessment
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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