AustLit is a primary resource for all tertiary teachers of Australian literature and creative writing. It contains all the information your students will need to research any literary or narrative text they may be studying alongside a large quantity of relevant full text.
Contemporary criticism and reviews are recorded and access points to library holdings information are also provided.
AustLit also covers film, television, and drama and is relevant for media and theatre studies.
See our Full Text Resources page for access to full text in AustLit.
Other excellent resources include:
Explore the AustLit Research Pages for authoritative, research-led, insights into Australia's literary heritage through projects undertaken by scholars of Australian literary culture.
AustLit partnered with Reading Australia to create a series of fascinating information trails about Australian works for the Copyright Agency funded project Reading Australia. These trails provide a rich journey through resources that help students and teachers get to grips with the texts. Below are direct links to trails aimed at Tertiary Students.
Brumby Innes by Katharine Susannah Prichard
Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
The Chapel Perilous by Dorothy Hewett
The Fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson
Look Who's Morphing by Tom Cho
Race against Time by Lee Cataldi
Such is Life by Joseph Furphy
To the Islands by Randolph Stow
Voss by Patrick White
Explore the full set of Reading Australia Information Trails.
AustLit is pleased to host the website for ASAL, the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. ASAL promotes the study, discussion and creation of Australian writing. It also seeks to increase awareness of Australian writing in the wider community and throughout the world. ASAL holds conferences and maintains a directory of postgraduate research on its website.
As well as the main database, AustLit also groups records into specialised datasets, allowing targeted searching of certain categories. Some of the research datasets that are of particular use to tertiary teaching include:
Explore the AustLit Research pages for some great research-based encounters with Australian literary and storytelling activities.
And be sure to visit the Additional Resources for All section.
Visit The Anthology of Criticism, designed to support the teaching of Australian literature at both secondary and tertiary levels.
The Anthology contains 75 full text scholarly articles on authors and their works, and selective bibliographies on each included author to assist with the discovery of other relevant, authoritative, secondary material for teaching and study.
The AustLit supported TAL project records information on the texts taught in Australian and international tertiary institutions. It is a useful resource to see how, and in what context, Australian texts are taught. Let us know about the texts you teach.
'The growth of creative writing in the tertiary sector has contributed to transformative approaches to the study of Australian literature. Engaging with industry (authors, publishers) through guest lectures and writers’ festivals was a key priority for many tertiary teacher respondents.'
See the Teaching Australian Literature Survey report for more background on what other teachers have done and how you can use AustLit's resources to enhance both your teaching and your students' learning.
AustLit and Research Training
AustLit welcomes research projects that extend AustLit's depth and coverage. It is possible to integrate AustLit into your research training. Please contact us if you would like your honours or postgraduate students to work collaboratively on a project.
Research Higher Degree Supervisors
Do your students have projects they could undertake in AustLit? We can help your students strategically incorporate AustLit in their projects and create data-driven outcomes to underpin their research and understanding of Australian literary culture.
Research Higher Degree Students
Are you exploring a particular period in Australian literary history, or the publication history of a specific work or cohort? You might be able to work with AustLit to generate an enhanced dataset to underpin your research findings and make a lasting impact on what people know about Australia's cultural heritage by sharing your research with AustLit's large audience.
Talk to your supervisor about the possibility of including AustLit in a concrete way in your research plan.
Please contact us to find out how AustLit can help you with research and supervision of research.
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