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ENH2150 - Australian Urban Fictions

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Redirecting Australian cultural debated away from its traditional emphasis on 'The Bush', this course investigates how the fictionalised city has increasingly acted as a focus for cultural redefinition and as a catalyst for literary experimentation and innovation. The selected texts represent the variety of narrative modes used to construct the Australian city: popular fiction, social realism, autobiography, social satire and urban picaresque, as well as explore issues of regionalism and expatriation, and the interplay of architecture and inner-urban landscapes. Authors studied include Garner, Grenville, Malouf and Winton.


Short Essay (1350 words) 30%, Seminar Work (1350 words) 30%, Class Test (1800 words) 40%,

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week


A first-year sequence in English or permission