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Literature, Imagination and Politics (EGL247)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Description What is literature's relation to politics? How does literature 'do' politics without resorting to polemic or treatise? This unit explores selected fiction and poetry to consider whether literature can open an alternative space for political contestation and debate. Students will reflect on whether literature can 'do' politics differently and, if so, how? How can aesthetic and imaginative forms confront pressing contemporary issues without resorting to political treatise?
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. through engagement with key primary and secondary material
2. Demonstrate (orally and in writing) critical knowledge and understanding of the ways key literary texts negotiate politics and political questions
3. Identify and critically respond to the range of discourses and techniques that distinguish literary from political writing
4. Research, plan, and write informed reflections, discussion and argument, in long and short form.
Timetabled Learning Activities 1-hour lecture, weekly; 1.5-hour tutorial, weekly.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit is through lectures, tutorials (and, for external students, online discussion) and self-study. Through close reading and critical debate and analysis students will explore the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that motivate a reading of literay textts as political. Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended, as key material is introduced and explained. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory for internal students, and active participation in class or online is required. Reading primary set texts and weekly readings will ensure that students reap maximum benefit from the unit learning materials.
Assessment Assessments are designed to give students the opportunity to develop, consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding of the key ideas, texts and theories covered in the unit. They are also designed to extend students' capacity to develop rigorous arguments and discussions (orally and in writing), to develop skills of independent research, and to develop confidence in working with primary and secondary materials.
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English and Creative Writing (BA)
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Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Associate Professor Anne Surma
Associate Professor

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t: 9360 2151
e: A.Surma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.066A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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