Masters degrees in Australasian Literature offer advanced study of the literary traditions, movements and writers originating from or associated with Australia and New Zealand.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Postcolonial Literature, Comparative Literature, and Australasian Society & Culture Studies. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Languages and Literature, or Cultural Studies.
The Literature of Australia and New Zealand has a rich history and spans several cultures, namely aboriginal Australians, the Maori culture of indigenous New Zealanders, the British literary tradition, and Dutch influences.
Both countries saw rapid changes during and after their European discovery by Dutch explorers in the 1600s, making literature from this period and interesting point of research. Issues such as imperialism, evangelical work and post-colonialism became prevalent with the introduction of written literature to the isles.
Other topics which postgraduates may cover include oral traditions such as hagiography, the role of egalitarianism in Australasian literature, and theories of race, gender, class, and identity.
Careers may include traditional routes into academia or publishing such as pursuing a PhD after your Masters. Other careers could include journalism, heritage management, public relations and even foreign policy.