Australian Literature

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Research Essay

2000 words
Task:

TASK QUESTION:

‘It is necessary to understand/ That a poet may not exist…’ (Ern Malley, ‘Sybilline’)

Offer an essay that explores issues of subjectivity, perspective and the limits of the self in at least five poems set for study. Is it helpful to argue that these poems demonstrate a particularly Australian sense of poetic personhood?

You must answer using 5 poems from those set for study within the Puncher and Wattmann Anthology.

TEXTBOOK: Leonard, J. (ed) (2009) The Puncher and Wattman Anthology of Australian Poetry, Puncher and Wattman

USE ONE POEM EACH FROM THE FOLLOWING POETS FROM THE ABOVE TEXTBOOK.

FIVE POETS TO USE FROM THE ANTHOLOGY:

1.John Shaw Neilson

  1. Lesbia Harford
  2. Kenneth Slessor

4.Robert D. Fitzgerald

5.AD Hope

One poem from each poet within the Anthology book.

*YOU NEED TO USE THAT TEXTBOOK AND USE 5 POEMS FROM WITHIN THAT TEXTBOOK WITH THE ABOVE POETS MENTIONED ABOVE.

Rationale

This assignment is designed to test and develop a student’s critical understanding and discussion of literary texts. It also examines your ability to frame an argument and place your thinking within broader theoretical approaches. This requires deep familiarity with the texts, and skills in textual analysis.

This task aligns with the subject’s learning objectives of:

  • Have an introduction to the major lines of development in Australian prose and poetry from 1788 to the 1990s.
  • Be able to place the literature in its social, political and cultural context.
  • Be aware of the relationship between reader and text in the creation of literary meaning.
  • Have continued the development and refinement of their literary competence through a reading of selected Australian works.

Marking criteria

The assignment will be marked according to the following criteria:

  • Addressing/answering the question (outcomes 2,3,4)
  • Clarity and sophistication of essay thesis and argument (outcomes 1,2,3,4)
  • Depth of reading of primary texts and reflection on them (outcomes 1,2,3,4)
  • Quality and clarity of writing in all parts (outcome 4)
  • Adherence to referencing protocols: Your essay will include a full bibliography of all works cited and relied upon. You automatically lose marks in any essay if this is not included. (outcome 4)
  • Similarly, your essay should be proof-read for grammar, and spell-checked: marks will be deducted for errors of this kind (outcome 4)

 

Criteria HD: 85-100 DI: 75-84 CR: 65-74 PS: 50-64 FL: 0-49
Address to question

 

The question is intelligently addressed and answered throughout

 

The question is well addressed and the essay stays mostly on track

 

The question is either addressed and not always sustained or not addressed clearly, but still covered fairly well

 

General response so that the area is covered

OR

Simple address to question

OR

Partially addresses the question

 

Essay is off-topic

 

Clarity and sophistication of essay thesis and argument

 

Exceptional thesis clarity and sophistication

 

Clarity and sophistication are achieved with small errors/ lapses

 

Clarity and sophistication are achieved with some errors/ lapses

 

Clarity and are sometimes achieved, or achieved with noticeable errors/ lapses

 

Significantly unclear and/or unsophisticated

 

Depth of reading primary material Always in-depth knowledge of texts

 

Mostly in-depth knowledge of texts

 

Knowledge of texts is mostly evident but may need further clarification or detail

 

Knowledge of texts is sound but sometimes requires more depth

 

Unsatisfactory knowledge of texts

 

Referencing and secondary sources

 

Judicious and extremely intelligent choices, excellently integrated and used. Perfect referencing

 

Strong choices well integrated and used. Referencing well done but may have small errors

 

Good choices fairly we integrated. Referencing is competent with some errors

 

Some secondary material of varying levels of applicability. Referencing is satisfactory with some errors

 

No secondary sources. Inappropriate secondary sources. Unsatisfactory referencing

 

Writing quality and clarity

 

High quality writing and clarity (always stylish, incisive, precise, engaging)

 

Writing quality is sound and very clear throughout (mostly stylish, incisive, precise, engaging)

 

Writing and clarity are sound and expression competent (sometimes stylish, incisive, precise engaging)

 

Writing and clarity are usually sound but may have awkward moments (may have stylish, incisive, precise or engaging moments)

 

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