6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2018
Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.
This unit examines literature produced since WWII. We will be especially interested in tracking formal experiments and thematic developments in this period in light of world-historical events and shifts in the relationship of writers and readers. There will be a focus on 21st century literature, with the aim of asking questions about how canons get made, movements establish themselves and interpretations become standard. Topics and themes might include: irony and sincerity; metafiction; maximalism and minimalism; 9/11 literature; the death and return of the author; the rise of creative nonfiction;; the impact of 'Theory' and Creative Writing programs on literature and criticism; book ends and book futures.
- To develop a working knowledge of some of the most influential writers and texts of the second half of the 20th century to now.
- To recognise what makes contemporary literature distinctive.
- To understand the set texts in their social, political and cultural landscape.
- To produce high level criticism and commentary in oral and written form on literature.
Within semester assessment: 60%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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