ENGL205 - Australian Literature for Children and Young Adults
This unit is directed towards literary professionals entering fields such as education and publishing as well as more general fields requiring a background in English literature. Australian literature for young readers is globally recognised as cutting edge, with authors achieving high sales figures both in–country and international. This unit introduces students to a range of Australian literature written for children and young adults, exploring the cultural context of literature for young readers through issues such as race, gender and class. The unit emphasises the role of literature in the creation of identity and is particularly focused on Indigenous writers and publishers. It explores the historical development of Australian literature for children as well as recent theoretical approaches to the literary study of such works. The aim of this unit is to generate a wide understanding of texts for younger readers and the dynamic function of these texts within arguments about Australian identity so that students have the competencies required in professional practice.