BAAustralian Literature

Credit points: 5
Contact hours: 60
Type: Seminar Classes

Main Instructor

Igor Maver, PhD, Full Professor


Igor Maver, PhD, Full Professor

Course Description


Aims and Specific Competences:


  1. Knowledge of the selected Australian authors, with special regard to contemporary literary creativity.
  2. Knowledge of the basic features of New Zealand literature within the framework of South Pacific literatures written in English.
  3. The ability to understand as well as knowledge of the various critical approaches to individual Australian literary genres.
  4. The ability to reflect on different interpretive standpoints, depending on the milieu and the contextualization of literary works in the appropriate socio-political context.
  5. The ability to formulate an effective, clearly argued and linguistically correct oral presentation of the seminar paper in a seminar.

Course Content:

  1. Broad knowledge of the creativity of the selected representative literary authors: Australian authors and, for comparison within Commonwealth creativity in the Antipodes, also certain New Zealand and South African writers.
  2. Analysis and interpretation of individual literary texts of the authors discussed and the application of various critical approaches.
  3. Presentation of individual seminar papers of students in a seminar with emphasis on the subject-matter as well as on the rhetorical and linguistic component.

Course Literature:

  • Lord, Mary (ed.). The Penguin Best Australian Short Stories. New York: Penguin, 2000. Str.: 360.
  • Ashcroft, Bill et al. (eds). The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 1995. Izbrana poglavja (7, 8, 12), str.: 213-282, 391-424.


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Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.