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Acts of Subversion: Two 21st Century Australian Novels

Jump into the unknown with novels both modern and provocative. The novel is always new and it may also act as subversive mirror to the past, present and future. In this course we will focus on a close reading and understanding of two new Australian novels, over 5 sessions. The role of the novel in Australia today, the interweaving of ‘real’ and ‘fictional’ characters, the importance of the literary past and the sheer joy in seeing master novelists at work will form partof the our... [More]

No Home for a Lady? Five Women Travelling in the '90s

This new course will follow the different paths of five women travellers writing of their adventures and romance. We will visit Rajasthan, Damascus, Jordon, Greece and Zimbabwe and on our travels will visit the lives and culture of the writers and those that they meet and sometimes love. Course Tutor Susannah Fullerton Supplied Course Material Lieve Joris, The Gates of Damascus Royina Grewal, In Rajasthan Annie Caulfield, Kingdom of the Film Stars Katherine Kizilos, The Olive Grove... [More]

Sharing the World: People and other Animals

Animals are an intrinsic part of literature. From childhood to maturity, we read about rabbits in coats, lost dogs, man hunting whales and clever foxes. We share this earth with thousands of other species: we love and eat them, skin and tame them; and we write about them. In this course we explore some literary animals, our connections to them and why these relationships are wonderful and perplexing. From the domestic to wild, and in several genres, we examine how we too are one of... [More]

New Short Stories by Australian Writers

This course is based upon The Best Australian Stories – 2007 a collection of stories selected by Robert Drewe and shows us that the short story is still alive and well. Not all of us like the same types of stories, appreciate the same styles of writing, or approve of new trends in language, so a collection such as this is a good way to look at what is being written now; there is something for everyone. You will be introduced to old and new writers, to a variety of themes and can... [More]

Best Of The Best: Famous Literary Characters

Of all the characters we meet in our reading lives, there are few who become very real to us – so real that we feel we actually know them. In this course we will look at how it is that writers can sometimes achieve this by the way in which they use description, conversation and interaction. This is not going to be a highly academic course, rather a collection of starting points for students to put forward their own ideas. The texts are well known, so there’s Elizabeth Bennet and... [More]

Literary Landscapes: Cities and Beyond

Complex, ambiguous; familiar and alien – these are the cities of the world. In this course we explore the writing that has created and exposed the landscapes and structures, both built and natural, of four of the world’s great cities. The main landmarks, social, historical and cultural characteristics and events, and both fictional and real people will be touched on, showing how they are used in the literature and how the literature creates a certain impression of each city. The... [More]

Murder, Bloody Murder

This course will focus on the ways in which murder is represented in five very different books. From this core the roles of the detective, the victim and the murderer will be examined, providing comparisons for readers who have an ongoing fascination in this macabre subject. Course Tutor Allison Halliday Supplied Course Material Truman Capote, In Cold Blood Michael Connolly, The Last Coyote Reginald Hill, On Beulah Height Michael Dibdin, Blood Rain Ann Perry, Traitors' Gate Course... [More]

Timeless Places: Exploring Great Cities through Literature - Sydney, Paris and Dublin

Travel through three great cities of the world via the literature that each has inspired. The cities we will be exploring are Sydney (city of water), Paris (city of love) and Dublin (the divided city), each of which is reflected in a large body of literature and it is through this, that the essences of each of these cities shifts over times and within different genres. This course cuts across the boundary between literature and travel and is accompanied by a source book of extracts... [More]

The Creative Impulse

Creativity is one way of separating humans from other animals. From divine inspiration to blood, sweat and tears it is a rare and powerful force. We all enjoy the products of creativity, from art, photography and music- to theatre, novels and architecture but few people have the ability to actually make these essential parts of our culture. In this course we explore the processes of creativity, (inspiration, imagination and sheer hard work); the effect on the maker and the value of... [More]

Partners in Crime

Murder has never been so popular, This course looks at five dishy detectives who solve crimes in ancient Rome, 1920s Melbourne and modern America at the same time as falling in love. You will discuss how successfully crime plot and love story have been balanced, look at the role of humour in a murder novel and analyse the importance of having a charming detective. Course Tutor Susannah Fullerton Supplied Course Material Lindsey Davis, The Silver Pigs Laurie R King, The Beekeepers... [More]