Histories of Empires in literature and film

Be taken on a journey through some of the best contemporary and twentieth-century film and literature from Australia and Britain. Explore how these works' imaginative engagement with history, mythologies of empires have shaped our understanding of history.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Christine Regan 9 February Thursdays 6-8pm 8 $310 Join our mailing list

Course outline

During this 8 week course we will discuss a selection of works by important Aboriginal and wider Australian and British writers and filmmakers. The first week will include an introductory overview of these artists and their imaginative engagement with history, the works to be discussed in subsequent seminars, an opportunity to identify other works of particular interest to you, and provision of a course guide.

Each of the following seminars will focus upon specified works using guided discussion, and a concise reading list of primary and secondary sources will be provided for your interest.  In the final seminar we will identify the main insights that have emerged during preceding seminars, thoughts for future courses and research, followed by drinks.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will have an enhanced:

  1. understanding of some important Aboriginal, wider Australian, and British literary texts and films concerned with the history and mythologies of empires.
  2. ability to discuss and write about this literature and film within both literary and historical contexts.
  3. awareness of representations of imperial history in these imaginative works and how literature and film influence national narratives and mediate our understanding of history.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone with an interest in history.

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