Australian literature: culture, identity and English teaching


  • Annette Patterson University of Wollongong


The development of the Australian Curriculum has reignited a debate about the role of Australian literature in the contexts of curricula and classrooms. A review of the mechanisms for promoting Australian literature including literary prizes, databases, surveys and texts included for study in senior English classrooms in New South Wales and Victoria provides a background for considering the purpose of Australian texts and the role of literature teachers in shaping students’ engagement with literature.

Author Biography

Annette Patterson, University of Wollongong

Head of School Faculty of Education, Cultural and Language Studies in Education