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English and Literature Conference

We are delighted to unveil the program and announce that Registrations for the 2016 English & Literature Conference at Curtin University are now open.

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A full conference program and a registration form can be downloaded here.

Through our continued close collaboration with former Head of English, past WACE English examiner and chief marker and compiler of Good Answers: Literature, Claire Jones, we have developed a program that we believe will be informative, relevant and attractive to both students and teachers. The program features updated Curtin Conference favourites, as well as new lecture topics that target the main course concepts and reference a variety of new texts. The lectures are structured to support and challenge secondary students preparing for WACE examinations.

In response to changes made to the curriculum, comments from WACE markers and teachers and state-based examination results the following lectures make up this year’s program

The 2016 program

Lectures relevant to the Literature course

Exam Techniques for Literature: Section 1 (close reading)

Consider the ways of constructing and presenting a reading of prose fiction, poetry and drama texts.


Frankenstein: Representation and Reception

Consider the ideological perspectives conveyed through Frankenstein and how contemporary audiences might review this text.


Reading Performance – Analysing Drama

Understand how drama is different from other forms of narrative and analysing performance elements.


Reading Practices in the Literature curriculum

Examine the ways that ‘reading practices’ can be interpreted and the different ways of shaping answers to demonstrate your comprehension of this term.


Reading Shakespeare

Investigate the power of Shakespeare’s work with a detailed exploration of context and theme and references to Shakespeare’s plays.


The Poetry of Seamus Heaney

Revise themes, ideas and the contextual and poetic construction of Heaney’s work.

Lectures relevant to the English course

Characterisation in Jasper Jones

Explore the fundamental device of characterisation through considering structure, language and point of view in the popular studied text, Jasper Jones. 


Close Analysis and Short Answers: ATAR English Exam

Revise the generic conventions of a number of forms, close reading strategies, and writing short answers, with the inclusion of textual reference.


Composing: Imaginative Writing

Explore the importance of genre and form when writing imaginative responses and controlling language for effect.


Composing: Persuasive and Interpretative Writing

Reflect on the importance of genre and form when writing persuasive and interpretative responses and controlling language for effect.


What is Voice?

Voice is an important element of textual construction. Explore the connections between tone, genre and voice and the way this is constructed through language.


Writing Essays: Responding

Learn effective ways of planning your responses in Section 2 of the ATAR English examination, ensuring answers target the question.

Lectures relevant to the English and Literature courses

Australian Perspectives

Explore the representation of Australian culture, place and identity across a range of texts, including Cloudstreet, No Sugar and A. D. Hope.


Context and Comparison

Investigate the importance and influence of context, considering how it can influence interpretations and alter reading perspectives with reference to popular studied texts.


Dystopian Narratives

Explore elements of the dystopian genre (written and visual texts) and how this genre has developed through archetypal texts with references to The Road and The Handmaid’s Tale.


Investigating Postcolonial Perspectives

A comparative exploration of the contextual and ideological forces of postcolonial texts with reference to texts such as Heart of Darkness, Things Fall Apart and Avatar.


Understanding Genre

Explore the function and features of genre and how studied texts might conform to or subvert genre for particular purposes.