Topic 72: Australian Studies
Candidates are free to choose a question from among the alternatives under each topic to talk about in detail, but must also be prepared to answer relevant minor questions concerning the alternative(s) that they have not chosen to develop.
- Immigration -- Multiculturalism
- Discuss the major waves of immigrants to Australia.
- Describe Australia's ethnic composition and its current immigration policies.
- Discuss aspects of multiculturalism in Australian literature.
- Australia, Britain and the Pacific
- Historically, how have Australians reacted to their geographical position?
- Describe Australia's current relations with its neighbours in South East Asia and the Pacific.
- Australia -- a republic?
- Discuss nineteenth century republicanism with reference to the Bulletin school of Australian writers.
- How has the republican debate been conducted in the past decade? What are the policies of the major political parties on this issue?
- Social Issues in Australian literature
Australian women writers
- Discuss how social issues are represented in Australian literature. Use specific works to illustrate a trend or to compare several periods.
- Discuss the role of women writers in Australian literature. Give specific examples.
Aborigines in literature
- Describe traditional Aboriginal attitudes to the land.
- Discuss the current land rights issues and the situation of Aborigines today.
- Discuss the characteristics of Aboriginal literature. Use specific works to illustrate.
- How are Aborigines represented in Australian literature? Give specific examples to illustrate.
- Discuss the effects of the Australian landscape on the country's literature.
- How did the attitudes of early European settlers change the Australian landscape?
Identity and self-image
- Discuss how Australian regions are represented in literature.
- Discuss the theme of expatriation in Australian literature.
- Discuss regionalism from an Aboriginal point of view.
- What facets of identity have characterized Australian history?
- Describe examples of different aspects of identity represented in Australian literature.
- Discuss the Anzac defeat at Gallipoli and its lasting effect on being Australian.
Characteristics of Australian English
- Name one or more of Australia's staple exports and discuss its influence on either society or literature.
- Discuss a period in the development of Australian economy.
- Describe and explain the characteristics of the pronunciation of Australian English.
- Describe and explain the characteristics of Australian English vocabulary.
- Discuss the development of a literary genre in Australia (novel, short story, drama, poetry)
- Discuss a period of art (fine arts, theatre, film, music) in Australia.
Some reference books are as follows
- Arnold, J., Spearritt, P., and D. Walker, eds. Out of Empire. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1993.
- Broome, Richard. Aboriginal Australians: Black Responses to White Dominance 1788-1994. 1982. St Leonards: Allen and Unwin, 1994.
- Clarke, F.G. Australia -- A Concise Political and Social History. 1989. Sydney: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992
- Collins, P., and D. Blair, eds. Australian English. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1989.
- Gelder, Ken and Paul Salzman. New Diversity: Australian Fiction 1970-88. Melbourne, Victoria: McPhee Gribble, 1989.
- Goodwin, Ken, and Alan Lawson, eds. The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature. South Melbourne: Macmillan, 1990.
- Goodwin, Ken. A History of Australian Literature. London: Macmillan, 1986.
- Healy, J.J. Literature and the Aborigine in Australia. St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 1989.
- Hergenhan, Laurie, ed. The Penguin New Literary History of Australia. Ringwood: Penguin, 1988.
- Kuna, Franz and Graeme Turner. Studying Australian Culture: An Introductory Reader. Hamburg, Germany: Kovac, 1994.
- Miller, James. Koori: A Will To Win: The Heroic Resistance, Survival and Triumph of Black Australia. North Ryde, New South Wales: Angus and Robertson, 1985.
- Rickard, John. Australia -- A Cultural History. New York: Longman, 1988. Seymour, Alan, and Richard Nile, eds. Anzac: Meaning, Memory and Myth. London: University of London, Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 1991.
- Shoemaker, Adam. Black Words, White Page: Aboriginal Literature 1929-1988. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1989.
- White, Richard. Inventing Australia: Images and Identity 1688-1980. North Sydney: George Allen and Unwin, 1981.
- Whitlock, Gillian, and David Carter, eds. Images of Australia. St Lucia, University of Queensland Press, 1992.
- Whitlock, Gillian and Gail Reekie, eds. Uncertain Beginnings. St. Lucia, University of Queensland Press, 1993.
- The Australian National Dictionary.
Other useful handbooks and anthologies can also be found in the library along with some materials put on reserve. For contemporary issues we advise consultation of internet sources, too.
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