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ENH2150 - Australian Urban Fictions

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Michael Ackland


Not offered in 2009


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.


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

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week


A first-year sequence in English or permission



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