English | Literatures in English 1900-Present
E304 | 15833 | Jeffrey Huntsman

Jeffrey Huntsman

1:00p-2:15p TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

TOPIC:  “Contemporary Anglophone Prose from Australia and New

This course will attempt to give a broad survey of contemporary long
fiction 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.  Some of the older writers (Patrick White--
Australia’s only Nobel laureate--Miles Franklin, 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 both new writers and well-established
ones.  The non-European indigenous 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, Jessica Anderson, Hugh Atkinson,
Murray Bail, Peter Carey, David Malouf, Thomas Kineally, Tim Winton,
Richard Flannagan, Mandy Sayer, Nikki Gemmel, and Sam Watson. I hope
to have at least one Aboriginal writer for the Australia section and
surely will have two or three Maori from New Zealand.   Expect to
read about a book a week (10-12 in total).  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.  I should
have at least a partial reading list soon.  If you want a copy,
please email me at huntsman@indiana.edu.