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Introduction to Indigenous Literature (ENGL10004)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeENGL10004
Semester 1
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This subject will introduce students to a broad range of Indigenous-authored texts with a primary focus on writers from Australia. Texts explored will cover memoir and lifewriting, poetry and protest literature, short fiction, novel, genre fiction, writing for stage, film, and critical non-fiction. Students will be introduced to a range of Indigenous speakers and practitioners working critically with texts. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the skills of critical textual analysis of discursive, technical, and thematic elements in the preparation for the study of literary courses. Issues relating to the representation of race and Indigeneity in literature and film will be examined, in addition to the politics of Indigenous authorship, narrative voice, and self-empowerment.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have a knowledge and understanding of the emergence of contemporary Indigenous Australian literature;
  • be able to confidently discuss discursive, technical and thematic aspects of Indigenous texts with a strong understanding of these elements;
  • have developed an understanding of the role of different genres such as memoir, poetry and genre fiction in the field of Aboriginal self-representation, and;
  • have developed an understanding of the role of Indigenous literature and self-representation as a means of empowerment.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • the ability to critically examine and analyse a variety of texts;
  • ability to critically discuss technical aspects of text and film;
  • competence in conveying ideas clearly and fluently in both written and spoken forms; 
  • effective research essay writing in response to the set texts, and;
  • effective oral presentation skills.

Last updated: 30 April 2019