LIT214 Australian Literature (8)


This subject provides a survey of the development of Australian literature up to the 1970s through a study of significant novels, short stories and poetry. From the entries of the diaries of Captain Cook to contemporary multicultural writing students will be introduced to the diversity of Australian literature, focussing on key authors such as Henry Lawson, Judith Wright, Patrick White as well as a range of lesser-known writers and movements.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LIT214
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Not for students who have completed LIT113

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Have an introduction to the major lines of development in Australian prose and poetry from 1788 to the 1990s.
Be able to place the literature in its social, political and cultural context.
Be aware of the relationship between reader and text in the creation of literary meaning.
Have continued the development and refinement of their literary competence through a reading of selected Australian works.


The subject will cover the following topics:
The major developments in poetry and prose in Australia since 1788 with particular reference to: * Aboriginal experience * the colonial writers, convictism * the 1890s, nationalism * the dominance of the bush in Australian literature * the appearance of modernism in Australia * tradition within Australian poetry and prose * migrant writing * cultural politics


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.