Literature of Culture and Places: Australian Aboriginal Literature

English 3730, CRN 22989
12:00-1:15, TRs
Fall Semester 2010
Weber State University (Ogden, Utah)

Course Description

The course will concentrate on an almost ignored aspect of Australian history. During the time of colonialism the Aboriginal people suffered from racial politics that endangered their unique culture. Children were forced out of their own cultural background in order to be raised in missionary camps that followed colonial convictions. This stolen generation is the most obvious example for self-alienation and a symbol for the loss of identity that is widespread among Australian Aboriginal people. Based on the representation in Australian Aboriginal Literature, the course will focus on their perspective of the past in colonial Australia and their hopes concerning a future that accepts Aboriginal culture as part of Australian history. Hence we will look at the role of culture and its importance in terms of identity construction with reference to a people that regards itself to be a nation within a nation.

Required Texts

Kim Scott, Benang
Sally Morgan, My Place
Larissa Behrend, Home
Doris Pilkington, Rabbit-Proof Fence