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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not for students who have completed LIT113

Assumed Knowledge

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.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The major developments in poetry and prose in Australia since 1788
  • 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LIT214 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Research essay
Take home assessment
Subject participation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.