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Australian Autobiography (12 points)


Leader: M Ackland

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: Many of the major achievements in Australian Literature since the 1950's have been autobiographies, but only within the last decade has much attention been given to the form. As a literary form, autobiography is rich and varied; it is also culturally revealing. Like its counterpart in the United States, the Australian autobiography is much concerned with ideas about national identity; it frequently presupposes a national type or a typical environment against which the narrator attempts self-definition. This study of Australian autobiography will raise questions about the distinctive concerns and structures of the genre. It will examine recurring myths of 'growing up Australian.'

Assessment: Two seminar papers (2500 words): 30% each + essay (4000 words): 40%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

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