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English literature returns

By Leanne Coleman

Professor Giselle Byrnes: “The re-introduction of Literary Studies will pave the way for strengthening relationships with the local creative arts and writing communities” Professor Giselle Byrnes: “The re-introduction of Literary Studies will pave the way for strengthening relationships with the local creative arts and writing communities”

A new Literary Studies program offering units in creative, professional and critical writing as well as writing for the theatre and film will be offered at Charles Darwin University from Semester I, 2014.

The six new English literature units (“Literary Studies”) will be offered as a new major in the Bachelor of Arts. The units also will be key additions to the Bachelor of Secondary Teaching (Humanities and Social Sciences) and available as elective units for a wide range of other CDU undergraduate courses.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts Professor Giselle Byrnes said the reintroduction of Literary Studies was a very welcome development for the university and the wider Northern Territory community.

 “The program will allow students to complete a course of study in Australian, North Australian and South-east Asian literature, creative, professional and critical writing and writing for the theatre and for film,” Professor Byrnes said.

The suite of units to be offered is aligned with the new focus of the School of Creative Arts and Humanities and the recently refreshed Bachelor of Arts, which focuses on North Australia, South-east Asia and Indigenous knowledges.

Creative Arts and Humanities lecturer Dr Kavita Nandan will lead the delivery of the program in 2014.

Professor Byrnes said the re-introduction of Literary Studies would pave the way for strengthening relationships with the local creative arts and writing community.

“The School is planning to enhance its community engagement activities around this new program including working with the Northern Territory Literary Awards over the next three years,” she said. “The Literary Studies program and staff will, in partnership with the NT Writers’ Centre, also have visibility and presence at the NT literary festival, WordStorm 2014.”

For more information about the units offered visit W: www.cdu.edu.au/creative-arts-humanities.