BAAn Overview of Australian Literature (Double-Subject Study Programme)

Credit points: 2
Contact hours: 30
Type: Lectures

Main Instructor

Igor Maver, PhD, Full Professor


Igor Maver, PhD, Full Professor

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  1. The ability to identify the most significant literary genres and authors, as well as the specificity of the historical and cultural development of Australia.
  2. The ability to describe different schools of criticism and creative traditions in Australian literary and critical history.
  3. The ability to reflect on the various interpretive critical premises and their dependence on the specific cultural environment, and the placement of the literary works within a specific socio-political context.
  4. Knowledge of the Australian indigenous oral/literary tradition, and the related issues of linguistic and literary hybridization.

Course Content:

The colonial period in Australian literature, the beginnings of the novel, poetry and short story, and the significance of the “nationalistic” period at the end of the 19th century.

  1. The concepts of expatriation, exile, spiritual (de)colonization and mythopoesis in the Australian literature of the 20th century, the development of literary criticism and the formation of the literary canon.
  2. The analysis of certain selected texts of different genres, written by the most representative Australian authors, including those from the multicultural and indigenous traditions.
  3. Slovene emigrant literature in Australia and the issue of contemporary literary multiculturalism.

Course Literature

  • Webby, Elizabeth (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Izbrana poglavja (1, 4, 7, 10)), str.: 19-49, 105-133, 183-208, 258-293).
  • Jurak, Mirko in Maver, Igor (ur.). Essays on Australian and Canadian Literature. Ljubljana: ZIFF, 2000. Izbrana poglavja, str.: 13-44, 63-86, 99-120, 205-214.

Students will receive a list of works the course will focus on at the beginning of classes.


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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.