About this unit
Upon completion of this Literature and the Political unit from Macquarie University through Open Universities Australia you will develop the advanced capacity to read and respond to a wide range of literary texts and apply advanced analytical and research skills to past and present cultural and literary debates.
Ranging from the Renaissance to the present, you will study the poets and novelists who have created our most powerful cultural myths, stereotypes and narratives that privilege certain worldviews over others.
You will also learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in verbal and written forms, and develop a greater understanding of the way in which literary texts and language produce political critique and change.
You will also develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion with peers and tutors, to respond to others’ points of views, and to argue your own critical position.
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Course pathwaysThis unit is a core requirement in the following course:
- Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University
- Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
- Introduction to the politics of the literary
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the poetry of dissent
- Shakespeare's sonnets and the object of desire
- Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, monsters, and politics
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four and colonialism as crime
- Joseph Conrad, The Heart of Darkness: apologetic myth vs cultural critique
- Christos Tsiolkas, Loaded and the politics of identity
- Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra: Constructing the Orient
- Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe: Daniel Defoe and the politics of the new
- Byron, The Island: Byron and the ideologies of Romanticism
- Peter Carey, My Life as a Fake and fraud as truth
- Oscar Wilde, The Portrait of Mr W.H. and the erotic quest of scholarship
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