ENGL479J - Selected Topics in English and American Literature after 1800: Australian Literature

This course will explore the fascinating and diverse literary traditions of the Australian continent, from European colonization to the modern day. We will look back to the founding of Australia as a British penal colony, and consider how modern Australia has emerged from a mixing of Western and Indigenous cultures. Our major texts will include Kim Scott’s novel about European settlers in Western Australia, That Deadman Dance; Peter Carey’s brilliant True History of the Kelly Gang, a fictional memoir of Australia’s best-known criminal, Ned Kelly; and poetry by Dorothy Porter, Judith Wright, and John Tranter, among many others. Assignments will include one short essay, one longer research paper, and a final exam.

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.


Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.