CART 7020 Writing and Form

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102500

Coordinator Christopher Andrews Opens in new window

Description Literature has always involved playing with language and shaping words into specific forms. The European avant-gardes of the 1910s, 20s and 30s set out to sweep aside traditional forms and valued kinds of playing that many authorities of the day regarded as childish. This unit will examine the interactions of play and form in experimental writing. It will explore the ways in which literary experimentation can be constructive as well as iconoclastic. It will also locate fruitful points of contact between literature and scientific knowledge, using the idea of searching or quest (for meanings and forms) as a guiding metaphor. While focus from year to year might change the unit has focused, for example on the work of the Surrealists and the Oulipo group.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects CART 7015 - Search (Translation)

Restrictions 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

2022 Quarter 2

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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