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IKC202 Indigenous Australians and Literatures: Critical Endeavours (8)

Abstract

Students will be introduced to Indigenous Australian writing, performance and cinema to explore the ways Indigenous Australian peoples use creative endeavours to express Indigenous perspectives and challenge dominant culture control over Indigenous cultural expression. Critical perspectives are applied to identify underlying constraints inherent in non-Indigenous portrayals of Indigenous Australian peoples and cultures and interprets texts produced by Indigenous Australians for their political and cultural activism. Students will consider and participate in contemporary literary spaces in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous content and perspectives are negotiated.

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Session 2
OnlineDubbo Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Indigenous Australian Studies

Assumed Knowledge

Understanding of Indigenous Australian Culture, Histories and contemporary realities

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Contextualise Indigenous Australian texts within specificities of history and culture
  • Explore meaning in literature as mediated by the cultures and ontologies of the writer and reader
  • Identify themes and textual features and conduct structural and stylistic analysis
  • Use critical perspectives to analyse representations of Indigenous Australians and cultures in literary productions
  • Create a literary text that demonstrates negotiation of Indigenous agendas in text production

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
  • NON-INDIGENOUS REPRESENTATIONS OF INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS
  • Constructing Indigenous people through texts
  • Being ?written about? as a form of disempowerment
  • The parameters of the industry
  • INDIGENOUS LITERARY PRODUCTION
  • Key Indigenous literary productions since 1788
  • The continuity of oral traditions
  • RECLAIMING THE AGENDA
  • Literary products as political activism
  • Writing identity
  • Cultural expression and Indigenous perspectives
  • CONTEMPORARY TEXT PRODUCTION
  • Collaborative productions
  • Towards an Indigenous Australian literary tradition

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 24 November 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.