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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Anti-requisites

have completed unit: ENG00410 Introduction to Creative Writing

Unit aim

Introduces students to a number of contemporary written texts. Major issues and themes are identified and a number of critical methods are exploited. Particular attention is paid to those issues and themes which can be seen as having special relevance to post-colonial societies. There is an emphasis on Australian writing.

Unit content

Module 1: Critiquing contemporary writing practices

Topic 1 Defining aesthetics: Realism, modernity and postcolonial interventions
Topic 2 Other histories
Topic 3 Beyond (post)colonial

Module 2: Writing Australia

Topic 4 Australian literary belongings
Topic 5 Away from the centre: Multicultural Australia
Topic 6 Faking identities: Australia's cultural cringing
Topic 7 Literary dreaming: Indigenous writings

Module 3: Gender, sexuality and difference

Topic 8 Gendered writing
Topic 9 Writing facts: Dealing with fictions
Topic 10 Intertextual pluralities: Queering Virginia Woolf

Module 4: Local realisations: Global implications

Topic 11 Beyond postmodernity

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify and discuss some of the major issues and themes in contemporary writing
2 demonstrate familiarity with some of the major innovations in writing styles and genres
3 identify issues and themes of particular relevance to postcolonial societies
4 recognise the value of different critical/theoretical approaches (for example, feminist, postcolonial and poststructuralist) in analysing contemporary writing
5 demonstrate essay writing forms and practices.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and discuss some of the major issues and themes in contemporary writing
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  2. demonstrate familiarity with some of the major innovations in writing styles and genres
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    • GA2:
    • GA3:
  3. identify issues and themes of particular relevance to postcolonial societies
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    • GA3:
  4. recognise the value of different critical/theoretical approaches (for example, feminist, postcolonial and poststructuralist) in analysing contemporary writing
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    • GA2:
    • GA3:
  5. demonstrate essay writing forms and practices.
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    • GA2:
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Prescribed texts

  • Ashcroft, B, Griffiths, G & Tiffin, H , 1989, The empire writes back, Routledge, London; New York..
  • Carey, P, 2004, My life as a fake, Vintage, Milsons Point.
  • Cunningham, M, 2003, The hours, Fourth Estate, London.
  • Garner, H, 2004, Joe Cinque’s consolation, Picador, Sydney.
  • Morrison, T, 1987, Beloved, Picador, London.
  • Scott, K , 2010, That deadman dance, Pan Macmillan.
  • Smith, Z, 2001, White teeth, Penguin, Middlesex.
  • Zable, A , 2002, The fig tree, Text, Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.