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Undergraduate Course: Myths of Belonging: Australian and Canadian Settler Writing (ENLI10307)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course engages with a range of Australian and New Zealand writing focused upon the experiences of settler communities (including British settlers but also other ethnic groups including Chinese and Pacific Islanders), as well as indigenous Australian and New Zealand literary responses to white settlement. It focuses primarily upon twentieth- and twenty-first-century "reimaginings" of the colonial settler experience, but also features creative writing by nineteenth- and early twentieth-century "first-generation" settlers from England, Ireland and Scotland. The course is divided into two sections, the first focused upon writing from Australia, and the second on New Zealand writing. Each section begins with a session on colonial poetry and prose, before moving on to consider a range of later works by well-known authors, poets and film-makers such as Peter Carey, David Malouf, Les Murray, Janette Turner Hospital, and Patrick White (Australia); and Katherine Mansfield, Janet Frame, Eleanor Catton and Jane Campion (New Zealand).
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Literary Studies 1A (ENLI08020) AND Literary Studies 1B (ENLI08021) OR English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) AND Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( Literary Studies 2A: English Literature in the World, 1380-1788 (ENLI08024) AND Literary Studies 2B: English Literature in the World, post-1789 (ENLI08025) OR Scottish Literature 2A (ENLI08022) AND Scottish Literature 2B (ENLI08023) OR English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) AND Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of three college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or creative writing are not considered for admissions to this course. Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having three to four literature classes at grade A.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Section directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An understanding of the ways in which Australian and New Zealand settler writing has evolved from the colonial period to the present
    A comparative understanding of the major themes and preoccupations in Australian and New Zealand writing about the settler experience
    A clear sense of the problematic status of Australian, New Zealand and other settler literatures within postcolonial theory, given the conflicted relationship between white settlers and indigenes/other migrant groups
    A critical vocabulary with which to analyse the shift from "imported" British literary traditions to a local literary aesthetic
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Numbers are limited to 15, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling. In the case of excess applications places will be decided by ballot.
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s). Autonomous Learning Group one hour a week at times to be arranged.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Michelle Keown
Tel: (0131 6)50 6856
Course secretaryMrs Anne Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
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