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ENGL222 Contemporary American Fiction

A study of American fiction that traces the development of Post-Modernism.

This introduction to American fiction considers the novel from national and regional perspectives and traces the development of postmodernism. Other topics to be studied include gender, ethnicity, class, history, the media and popular culture.

Paper title Contemporary American Fiction
Paper code ENGL222
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
rochelle.simmons@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rochelle Simmons
Textbooks
  • Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49 (Pan)
  • Didion, Joan. Play It As It Lays (Flamingo)
  • Morrison, Toni. Sula (Picador)
  • Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime (Pan)
  • DeLillo, Don. White Noise (Penguin)
  • Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
  • Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections (Fourth Estate)
  • Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad (Random House)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper, students should:
  1. Be familiar with a range of contemporary American novels
  2. Be able to discuss specific images and broad themes in American writing
  3. Be able to compare and contrast works using historical, theoretical and critical approaches
  4. Have developed their expertise in critical reading and writing

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 16:00-16:50 38
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 17:00-17:50 38

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 31-34, 36, 38, 40-41
T2 Thursday 14:00-14:50 31-34, 36, 38, 40-41

A study of American fiction that traces the development of Post-Modernism.

This introduction to American fiction considers the novel from national and regional perspectives and traces the development of postmodernism. Other topics to be studied include gender, ethnicity, class, history, the media and popular culture.

Paper title Contemporary American Fiction
Paper code ENGL222
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
rochelle.simmons@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rochelle Simmons
Textbooks
  • Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49 (Pan)
  • Didion, Joan. Play It As It Lays (Flamingo)
  • Morrison, Toni. Sula (Picador)
  • Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime (Pan)
  • DeLillo, Don. White Noise (Penguin)
  • Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
  • Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections (Fourth Estate)
  • Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad (Random House)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper, students should:
  1. Be familiar with a range of contemporary American novels
  2. Be able to discuss specific images and broad themes in American writing
  3. Be able to compare and contrast works using historical, theoretical and critical approaches
  4. Have developed their expertise in critical reading and writing

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 30-33, 38-41
T2 Thursday 14:00-14:50 30-33, 38-41