English | Literatures in English, 1900-Present
E304 | 5056 | Jeffrey Huntsman

Literatures in English, 1900-Present

2:30p-3:45p TR (30 students) 3 CR. - Satisfies A&H Distribution

TOPIC:  “Contemporary Anglophone Prose from Australia and New

This course, offered for the first time with this concentration,
will attempt to give a broad survey of contemporary literature in
English from Australia and New Zealand.  This is a vast and rich
literature, although its entire history is scarcely two hundred
years old, and we cannot hope to be exhaustive or perhaps even
representative.  Given the limitations of what is available,
however, we will do what we can.  Some of the older writers (Patrick
White, Australia’s only Nobel laureate, and Christina Stead, for
example) have little in print, so we may have to exclude some such
from major consideration.  But we will have ample younger writers to
choose from.  The mix will include both men and women in roughly
equal proportions, and the non-European indigineous peoples of both
island will also be well represented.  The final list has not yet
been established, but should include works by such figures as
Patricia Grace, Alan Duff, Keri Hulme, Janet Frame, Thomas Kineally,
Tim Winton, Richard Flannagan, Mandy Pryor, Nikki Gemmel, and .  The
course will be conducted as much like as seminar as the size allows,
so be prepared to contribute to the class discussion actively.
There should be two or three papers (4-5 pp each), plus a midterm
and final.