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IGNOU MEG-09 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title Australian Literature in English
  • Language(s)
  • Code MEG-09
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) MA
  • Course Optional Courses

IGNOU MEG-09 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - An Introduction to Australian Literature

  • Unit 1 - Australian Literature
  • Unit 2 - Australia-Land and History
  • Unit 3 - Australia-People and Culture
  • Unit 4 - Literary Beginnings-Oral Literature
  • Unit 5 - Early Literature
  • Unit 6 - Themes and Trends

Block 2 - Nineteenth Century Australian Poetry

  • Unit 1 - Nineteenth century Australian Poetry: An Introduction
  • Unit 2 - W.C.Wentworth
  • Unit 3 - Charles Harpur
  • Unit 4 - Henry Kendall
  • Unit 5 - A.L. Gordon and A.B.Paterson
  • Unit 6 - Ada Cambridge

Block 3 - Introduction to Short Fiction

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Short Fiction/Story
  • Unit 2 - Marcus Clarke: The Seizure of the Cyprus
  • Unit 3 - Barbara Baynton: The Chosen Vessel
  • Unit 4 - Henry Lawson: The Drover’s Wife/:The Union Buries It’s Dead
  • Unit 5 - Arthur Hoey Davis: Cranky Jack
  • Unit 6 - Christina Stead: The Old School

Block 4 - Modern Australian Poetry (1901-1970)

  • Unit 1 - Introduction: An Overview
  • Unit 2 - Beginnings
  • Unit 3 - The Notion of Australia
  • Unit 4 - Keepers of the Flame
  • Unit 5 - Coming of Age
  • Unit 6 - The Marginalised Voice

Block 5 - VOSS

  • Unit 1 - Rise and Development of the Australian Novel
  • Unit 2 - As We First Read: Voss
  • Unit 3 - Romantic Elements in Voss
  • Unit 4 - Multiple Themes in Voss
  • Unit 5 - Modern Readings: Some Important Area

Block 6 - Contemporary Australian Poetry (1970-Onwards)

  • Unit 1 - Contemporary Australia
  • Unit 2 - Bruce Dawe & Les Murray
  • Unit 3 - Chris Wallace-Crabbe & Gwen Harwood
  • Unit 4 - Ee Tiang Hong & Kevin Gilbert
  • Unit 5 - Mudrooroo Narogin & Gig Ryan

Block 7 - David Malouf: Remembering Babylon

  • Unit 1 - Contemporary Australian Fiction: An Overview
  • Unit 2 - The Author, His Creativity and Remembering Babylon
  • Unit 3 - Structure, Characters and Metaphors
  • Unit 4 - Narrative Strategies and Communication
  • Unit 5 - Themes

Block 8 - David Williamson: The Removalists

  • Unit 1 - An Overview of Australian Drama
  • Unit 2 - David Williamson's Dramatic World
  • Unit 3 - Reading The Removalists
  • Unit 4 - Themes and Techniques
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IGNOU MEG-09 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

1.“Australian writings of the colonial period excluded the woman, often delegating to her the passive virtues of stoicism and endurance.” Do you agree with this statement? 2. Discuss the theme of exploration in Patrick White’s novel Voss. 3. Critically evaluate the achievement of Henry Lawson as a writer of short fiction, bringing out the significance of his writing in the development of Australian fiction. 4. The poem “We are Going” by Kath Walker “depicts the murder of an entire civilization and way of life.” Give your response to this statement. 5. Consider Ed Tiang Hong’s poem “Coming To” as an attempt to re-define Australian identity.

IGNOU MEG-09 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

1. What were the issues that Australian writers had to grapple with before they could forge a literature of their own? 2. What do you understand by the term ‘aborigine’? How is their point of view represented in Australian literature? 3. What does the depiction of the Bush in stories/poems tell you about Australians’ attitudes towards their country? 4. Discuss Gig Ryan’s work in the context of the notion of Australian ‘mateship’. 5. Elaborate on the way Patrick White structures time in Voss.
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