1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 x 9.25-hour independent study weekly
36 units of topics
Enrolment not permitted
1 of CREA2134, CRWR2001, ENGL2600 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Word processing
Topic description
This topic begins with the genesis of the book and examines at its permutations through history, up to modern practice in publishing. It considers a number of ethical, practical and theoretical matters such as censorship, national identity through public policy on literature, the role of the editor and publisher, and the place of small presses. The impact of new technology is also considered, since it is arguably a significant element in determining the future of publishing. The topic will appeal to students involved in creative writing in the areas of fiction and non-fiction, and who have an eye on work in the publishing industry.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • investigate both the history of the book in Australia and diversity (or lack of it) in the modern publishing industry

  • consider the impact of new technology such as electronic publishing and the Internet, as well as different perspectives on the roles of the author, the editor and publisher in the publishing process

  • address issues of who decides what we are able to read, as well as the economics of the industry and the implications of these things for Australia's national identity
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will have:

  • reflected on the historical, social and political role of the book in human history

  • critically analysed the implications of new technology on reading and writing behaviour, and analysed and assessed relevant government policy

  • traced the changing roles and perceptions of author, printer and publisher in the production of books