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Contemporary Australian Writing (LIT302)
Semester 1 / 2016


y separately published work icon The Best Australian Essays : A Ten Year Collection Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2011 Z1774371 2011 anthology essay (taught in 3 units) The Handbag studio / Thomas Keneally -- The tall man / Chloe Hooper -- The one day / David Malouf -- A city obsessed / John Birmingham -- Arrayed for the bridal / Helen Garner -- Big Louis / Inga Clendinnen -- On becoming a Mormon for a while and other madnesses / M.J Hyland -- Patrick White: the final chapter / David Marr -- The great generation of Australian policy / Clive James -- Arthur Boyd: a life / Barry Humphries -- The first sense / Robyn Davidson -- Into a liquid ether / Christos Tsolkas -- Unforgiven / Craig Sherborn -- "What're yer lookin' at yer fuckin' dog?": violence and fear on Zizek's post-polictical neighbourhood / Kevin Brophy -- Bradman the liberator / Frank Devine -- Late starter / Jessica Anderson -- From the red country / Alan Frost -- Flames of death / Gary Hughes -- The inferno / Christina Kenneally -- He and his Man: the 2003 Nobel lecture / J.M Coetzee -- The good old books / Peter Porter -- The experience of literary translation / Simon Leys -- Like love in a marriage / Anna Goldsworthy -- The long fall into steel / Brenda Walker -- Ebony: the girl in the room / Anne Mann -- Shoulder-deep in the entrails / Shane Maloney -- White guilt, victimhood and the the quest for a radical centre / Noel Pearson -- Pearson's gamble, Stanners dream / Robert Mann -- Out of control: the tragedy of Tasmania's forests / Richard Flanagan -- September 11 / Gay Alcorn and Mark Riley -- Darwin's big idea / Nicholas Rothwell -- The lady or the tiger? / Tim Flannery -- The grand illusion / Robert Dessaix -- Tourism / Benjamin Law -- Trouble on the night shift / Anna Krien -- Silent country: travels through a recovering landscape / Tim Winton -- Home truths: revisiting Wake in fright / Kate Jennings -- Quod Potero Sedulo / David Foster.
y separately published work icon Arms Race : And Other Stories Nicolas Low , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2014 7449634 2014 selected work short story (taught in 1 units)

'Data theft, internet memes, advertising, terrorism, indigenous sovereignty, drone warfare, opium addiction, syphilis, the moon landing, mining, oil slicks, climate change, giant octopuses: nothing is spared in this collection. Nic Low's stories go beyond satire, aiming for the dark heart of our collective obsession with technology, power and image.

'Set variously in London, an Indian village, remote Mongolia, the West Australian outback and mountainous New Zealand, these are prescient visions of the future and outlandish reimaginings of the past. Arms Race is an arresting debut from a fierce, playful new voice in Australian writing.' (Publication summary)

y separately published work icon El Dorado Dorothy Porter , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2007 Z1362160 2007 single work novel crime detective thriller (taught in 10 units)

'There is a serial killer stalking the streets of Melbourne. The victims are killed gently, lovingly, a gold mark traced on their forehead. This killer doesn't hate children. This killer believes in childhood innocence at any cost...El Dorado is the story of a friendship under siege, and the very long shadows that jealousy and betrayal can cast.' - back cover

y separately published work icon Carpentaria Alexis Wright , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2006 Z1184902 2006 single work novel (taught in 47 units) Carpentaria's portrait of life in the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance centres on the powerful Phantom family, whose members are the leaders of the Pricklebush people, and their battles with old Joseph Midnight's tearaway Eastend mob on the one hand, and the white officials of Uptown and the neighbouring Gurfurrit mine on the other. Wright's storytelling is operatic and surreal: a blend of myth and scripture, politics and farce. The novel is populated by extraordinary characters - Elias Smith the outcast saviour, the religious zealot Mozzie Fishman, leader of the holy Aboriginal pilgrimage, the murderous mayor Stan Bruiser, the ever-vigilant Captain Nicoli Finn, the activist and prodigal son Will Phantom, and above all, Angel Day the queen of the rubbish-dump, and her sea-faring husband Normal Phantom, the fish-embalming king of time - figures that stand like giants in this storm-swept world. (Backcover)


This subject aims to provide students with an opportunity to study some of the most recent Australian writing. It is intended that this subject will complement the Australian Literature subject.