CART 7020 Writing and Form

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102500

Coordinator Christopher Conti Opens in new window

Description While narrative belongs to all human discourse, the modern study of its form developed its basic concepts in the study of narrative fiction. This unit focuses on major approaches to narrative fiction and theories of the novel. A key area of inquiry is the literary evolution of narrative techniques and concepts since the modernist experiments in representing consciousness and time. Each week we look at a key element of narrative form and the historical factors behind its development. This critical and historical perspective is complemented by a practical focus on the processes of narrative form uncovered in close reading of selected texts and various writing exercises. Students will discover the historical significance behind key developments in the contemporary novel and prose art and ways those developments might inform their own creative work. The dual focus of the unit equips students with the tools for critical writing and creative writing.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline Written Communication

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects CART 7015 - Search (Translation)


Students must be enrolled in 1831 Master of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing or 8083 Bachelor of Research Studies

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Apply theories of translation to the analysis of work from different cultures
  2. Apply theories of translation to the analysis of different cultural forms
  3. Theorise the role of creative expression in the projection of national identity
  4. Reflect on the importance of translation to the Australian context
  5. Use archival material (or material uncovered through research) to analyse how different cultural forms project national and cross-national identity
  6. Examine the importance of searching or the quest to processes of cross-cultural communication.

Subject Content

Theories of Translation
Movement between cultural traditons
Movement between cultural forms
Generating understanding through creative expression
The idea of the archive
The idea of the search or quest as a figure for translation and creative expression


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Written Assignment 4,000 words 100 Y Individual

Teaching Periods

Quarter 2

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


Subject Contact Christopher Conti Opens in new window

View timetable Opens in new window