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This subject studies Aboriginal fiction, poetry and drama, as well as life stories and criticism, focusing on questions of reading positions (particularly for non-Aboriginal students) and representation. It pays particular attention to the diversity of Aboriginal writing in terms of form, content, voice and place and examines the manner in which the reception of Aboriginal texts has been conditioned by political and economic factors. On completion of this subject students should understand the problematics of Aboriginal writing in the context of postcolonial Australia, and its relation to everyday life.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- an appreciation of the diversity of Aboriginal texts with respect to content, form and discourse;
- developed appropriate skills in reading Aboriginal English, creole and vernacular expressions;
- developed an informed reading position capable of critique yet sensitive to the politics of Aboriginal writing;
- a demonstrated ability to apply critical analysis and close-reading skills to diverse texts; and
- an ability to undertake independent research and produce high quality written material that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and encompasses the complexities and sensitivities of Australian Indigenous Studies.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- have developed an understanding of relevant critical theories and methods;
- be able to work effectively as an individual and member of class;
- be competent in the use of a wide range of research applications and resources;
- communicate complex ideas clearly and comprehensively; and
- produce high quality written material in a timely manner.
Last updated: 3 October 2023