OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

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.

Unit content

  • Introduction
  • Deconstruction, Derrida and beyond
  • New Historicism in the literary landscape
  • A question of authorship
  • Power and ethics
  • Theorising whiteness
  • Shifting subjectivity
  • Radical subjectivities
  • Space and time after 9/11
  • Postmodernity in the 21st century.

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 1

  • Flanagan, R, 2008, Wanting, Knopf, North Sydney.
  • Juchau, M, 2015, The World Without Us, Bloomsbury , Sydney.
  • Kang, H, 2015, The Vegetarian, Portobello Books, London.
  • Turner Hospital, J, 2007, Orpheus Lost, Fourth Estate, Sydney.
  • Wright, A, 2006, Carpentaria, Giramondo, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Critical Response10%
Literature review35%

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Fee information


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