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Contemporary Eco-Fictions (CWRI40010)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeCWRI40010
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject deals with a range of forms within the genre of eco-fiction. The subject is seminar-based and engages with the concept of 'contemporary eco-fiction' in two ways: 1) via exploration of narrative forms across the genres (story, novel, short fiction) and 2) examination of the environmental, political, ethical and ideological fictions that sub-tend everyday life. Themes and texts that may be included in subject reading material will be essays and interviews that address the production and craft of writing and the ways in which environmental issues are fictionalised. The subject may also look at specific forms of fiction such as the 'linked collection' of short fiction, thematic anthologies, and single-authored collections produced around environmental, social, ethical, ideological and psychological themes.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • apply advanced theoretical, aesthetic and analytic skills to interpreting critical and creative texts;
  • tackle new problems in the production of creative works with confidence and openness to contemporary artistic directions;
  • participate effectively in group discussions and collaborative learning; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the wider public significance of their knowledge and skills.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain tgeneric skills in:

  • critical thinking and analysis;
  • thinking creatively;
  • openness to new ideas;
  • communicating thoughts and knowledge;
  • written communication;
  • time management and planning; and
  • practices and ethics in the field of creative writing.

Last updated: 26 July 2019