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Australian Modernism (ASLT2622)
Semester 2 / 2011


y separately published work icon Here's Luck Lennie Lower , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1930 Z1174152 1930 single work novel humour (taught in 1 units)
y separately published work icon Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1928 Z1081769 1928 single work novel (taught in 39 units) Set in North-West of Western Australia, it describes life on cattle stations and the relationship between the white owner of the station and Coonardoo, an Aboriginal woman.
y separately published work icon Voss : A Novel Patrick White , London : Eyre and Spottiswoode , 1957 Z872480 1957 single work novel (taught in 33 units)

'Set in nineteenth-century Australia, Voss is the story of the secret passion between an explorer and a naïve young woman. Although they have met only a few times, Voss and Laura are joined by overwhelming, obsessive feelings for each other. Voss sets out to cross the continent. As hardships, mutiny and betrayal whittle away his power to endure and to lead, his attachment to Laura gradually increases. Laura, waiting in Sydney, moves through the months of separation as if they were a dream and Voss the only reality.

'From the careful delineation of Victorian society to the sensitive rendering of hidden love to the stark narrative of adventure in the Australian desert, Patrick White's novel is a work of extraordinary power and virtuosity.'

Source: Random House Books (Sighted 21/09/2012)

y separately published work icon Poems Kenneth Slessor , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z531943 1957 selected work poetry (taught in 5 units)


By 1900 Australia was one of the most urbanised countries in the world and embraced modern life - city living, new technologies, the mass media - with a passion second only to that of the USA. Focusing on the early to mid-twentieth century, this unit explores literary responses to Australian modernity within both popular and high culture, from the poetry of urban life to experimental fiction, together with some of the relationships between writing and other art forms.


1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x2000wd take-home exam (40%) and 1x oral presentation and 500wd written summary (20%)

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Current Campus: Camperdown Darlington
Levels: Undergraduate