English | Studies in International Literature
L674 | 23774 | Lloyd


L674  23774 LLOYD (#5)
Studies in International Literture

9:30a – 10:45a TR

TOPIC: NARRATING AUSTRALIA

This course will focus on how narrative strategies are deployed in
the pursuit of various agendas based on class, ethnicity, race, and
gender in a range of Australian novels. From Murray Bail’s
Eucalyptus, which unfolds multiple stories from a single source of
inspiration (the vast genus eucalyptus) we will move to multiple
retellings of the same stories, both Eliza Fraser’s story recounted
in broadsheets, painting, song, Nôh plays and Patrick White’s novel
Fringe of Leaves; and bushranger Ned Kelly’s story told through art,
film, and Peter Carey’s novel True History of the Kelly Gang.  We
will then consider explorations of individuals in Patrick White’s
Riders in the Chariot and David Malouf’s Harland’s Half Acre.
Eleanor Dark’s modernist novel recounting a single day through
multiple perspectives, Waterway, will lead us into two novels
spanning several decades, Marian Halligan’s Lovers’ Knots and Tim
Winton’s Cloudstreet. Yasmine Gooneratne’s A Change of Skies
reflects on contemporary Australian society from the point of view
of an Asian immigrant family. We will close with four novels
focusing each in very different ways on the Aboriginal experience,
Sally Morgan’s My Place, Mudrooroo’s Master of Ghost Dreaming,
Melissa Lukashenko’s Steam Pigs and Kim Scott’s Benang.

A good Australian on-line book store is Paperchain:
http://www.paperchain.com.au/.

No previous knowledge of Australian literature, culture or history
will be assumed. We will be exploring these works through
narratalogical and post-colonial critical perspectives (among
others), and setting them alongside a variety of Australian films
and works of visual art. Students will be expected to participate
actively in all seminars; to give a presentation on a topic of their
choosing associated with the required reading; and to write a 15-20
page essay on a subject of their choosing (not the same as the
presentation). There will also be a short take-home final exam.

Recommended preliminary reading includes Stuart Macintyre, A Concise
History of Australia, Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore, Susan
Sheridan, Along the Faultlines: Sex, Race and Nation in Australian
Women’s Writing, Leela Gandhi, Postcolonial Theory: A Critical
Introduction, A. Bery and P. Murray, Comparing Postcolonial
Literatures.