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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.

  1. Immigration -- Multiculturalism
    1. Discuss the major waves of immigrants to Australia.
    2. Describe Australia's ethnic composition and its current immigration policies.
    3. Discuss aspects of multiculturalism in Australian literature.
  2. Australia, Britain and the Pacific
    1. Historically, how have Australians reacted to their geographical position?
    2. Describe Australia's current relations with its neighbours in South East Asia and the Pacific.
  3. Australia -- a republic?
    1. Discuss nineteenth century republicanism with reference to the Bulletin school of Australian writers.
    2. How has the republican debate been conducted in the past decade? What are the policies of the major political parties on this issue?
  4. Social Issues in Australian literature
  5. Australian women writers
  6. Aboriginal history
    1. Describe traditional Aboriginal attitudes to the land.
    2. Discuss the current land rights issues and the situation of Aborigines today.
  7. Aborigines in literature
    1. Discuss the characteristics of Aboriginal literature. Use specific works to illustrate.
    2. How are Aborigines represented in Australian literature? Give specific examples to illustrate.
  8. Environment
    1. Discuss the effects of the Australian landscape on the country's literature.
    2. How did the attitudes of early European settlers change the Australian landscape?
  9. Regionalism
    1. Discuss how Australian regions are represented in literature.
    2. Discuss the theme of expatriation in Australian literature.
    3. Discuss regionalism from an Aboriginal point of view.
  10. Identity and self-image
    1. What facets of identity have characterized Australian history?
    2. Describe examples of different aspects of identity represented in Australian literature.
    3. Discuss the Anzac defeat at Gallipoli and its lasting effect on being Australian.
  11. The economy
    1. Name one or more of Australia's staple exports and discuss its influence on either society or literature.
    2. Discuss a period in the development of Australian economy.
  12. Characteristics of Australian English
    1. Describe and explain the characteristics of the pronunciation of Australian English.
    2. Describe and explain the characteristics of Australian English vocabulary.
  13. Genres
    1. Discuss the development of a literary genre in Australia (novel, short story, drama, poetry)
    2. Discuss a period of art (fine arts, theatre, film, music) in Australia.

Some reference books are as follows

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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