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Australian Urban Fictions ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Dr Michael Ackland

Not offered in 2006.

Synopsis: 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.

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

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in English or permission

Prohibitions: ENH3150