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
Topic description
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.
Educational aims
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?

  • Literary consumption

  • Reading communities

  • The Death of the Author

  • The politics of representation (for example, representing disability, religion or sexualities)

  • Literature as social action