Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ali Alizadeh


Previously coded ENH2690


What is the relationship between writing and belonging? Do poems, short stories, novels and works of creative non-fiction produced in Australia affirm or challenge what we see as a uniquely Australian identity? This unit is concerned with the contriubtion of literature to forming and interrogating the notions of identity, ideology, gender, ethnicity and sexuality in an Australian context. There will be an emphasis on contemporary writing, and the texts studies will include a range of literary genres.


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. A practical understanding of the major themes and styles of writing in modern and contemporary Australian literatures;
  2. A critical understanding of the role of literature in the formation and maintenance of identity;
  3. An informed understanding of some key critical and theoretical approaches to the study and analysis of literature;
  4. Solid advanced undergraduate-level competence in the reading and interpretation of literary texts.


Written work : 70%
In class test : 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

22 hours per semester

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A gateway unit in Literary Studies or permission.


ATS3510, WMN2690, WMN3690