1 x 1-hour lecture weekly 1 x 1-hour workshop weekly
1 9 Units of level one ENGL topics 2 4.5 Units of level one ENGL 3 COMS1001 - Academic and Professional Communication Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2 and 3))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENGL2260, ENGL3114 has been successfully completed
Why do we read for leisure? And what influences the reading choices we make? Twenty-first Century Literature: Texts and Contexts examines a selection of prize-winning, acclaimed and/or notorious twenty-first century fictions and non-fictions. We follow the commercial and critical circulation of these works. We explore some of the cultural and institutional contexts that shape contemporary literature: publishing, bookshops and on-line selling, authors as celebrities, literary prizes and festivals, the prevalence of book clubs, the function of contemporary literature in schools and universities, and literary censorship. We examine the impact of these cultural and institutional forces in light of literary theories of authorship and readership.
This topic aims to:
encourage students to read and critically interpret a range of twenty-first century fictions and non-fictions
explore literary theories of genre, authorship and readership
explore cultural theories of consumption, value, and taste
reflect upon and compare literary industries
encourage students' research and application of primary and secondary literary/cultural studies sources
connect issues from this topic to contemporary life/politics
provide opportunities for students to practise written forms
further develop students' oral and written communication skills
encourage self-directed learning and collaborative learning
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of this topic, students will be able to intelligently discuss the following questions and concepts:
What is Literature?
What is popular fiction?
The Death of the Author
The politics of representation (for example, representing disability, religion or sexualities)
Literature as social action
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2020 are no longer published.
This information is from current details held on the Student Information System. Please report any errors or omissions to the relevant College Office.
If you consent to the use of our cookies then please click the button below:
If you do not consent to the use of all our cookies then please click the button below. Clicking this button will result in all cookies being rejected except for those that are required for essential functionality on our website.