|School or Department :||School of Humanities & Communication|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Course fee schedule :||https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules|
|Version produced :||4 October 2023|
Our world is ever-changing, and we are perpetually faced with new problems to tackle, new issues to debate, and new questions to ponder. Literary fiction provides a critical space in which to consider our evolving world. In this course, students will study a range of fictional works from the turn of the twenty-first century until the present day in order to understand the mutual impacts and influences of the world on literature and literature on the world. Through the examination of works from different genres, geographical and social contexts, and points of historical significance, students will understand and articulate the significance of literature in the present moment.
This course guides students through a range of critical themes, genres, and contexts relevant in the twenty-first century, including (but not limited to): 9/11 narratives, graphic novels, popular fiction, youth, realism, memory, trauma, and multiculturalism. It introduces students to a range of critical approaches to contemporary literature and explores the interpretation and application of works of literary criticism and literary theory in appropriate contexts. Through online and/or classroom discussion, as well as introductory skill-building in discipline-specific research and writing, it supports the development of critical skills in debate, argumentation, and research which underpin study in the English Literature major and the program(s) to which it contributes.