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ENGL242 New Zealand Literature: Nation and Narration

A study of New Zealand literature in its diverse cultural, creative and critical contexts. Includes works by major writers of fiction, poetry and drama from the early 20th century to the present.

Beginning from the premise that some of the familiar narratives about New Zealand (eg New Zealand as "a Better Britain", "clean, green New Zealand", etc) brush over the complexity of New Zealand as a nation, this paper introduces students to less familiar ways of thinking about this country and its literature. Positioning New Zealand squarely as a postcolonial country - with all the intricacies and challenges this presents - the paper covers a broad cross-section of literary texts and considers what kind of story about New Zealand emerges from them.

It asks about the interests that might lie behind the particular version of New Zealand any given text offers or what its point of social or cultural intervention might be, paying particular attention to the kinds of historical and contemporary connections New Zealand has to other regions, histories and cultures. Beginning with the significance of New Zealand's literary origins as a settler nation and examining landmark texts in New Zealand's literary history, the paper incorporates the work of both Māori and Pakeha writers and considers their contributions and challenges to the stories New Zealand tells itself - and others abroad - about itself.

Paper title New Zealand Literature: Nation and Narration
Paper code ENGL242
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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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
simone.drichel@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor:Dr Simone Drichel
Other Lecturing Staff: Associate Professor Chris Prentice
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week
1-hour tutorials at pre-announced times (eight in total)
Textbooks
  • Katherine Mansfield, Collected Stories (Penguin)
  • NZ poetry (selected poems; in Course Reader - available at Print Shop inside Library)
  • Frank Sargeson (selected stories; in Course Reader)
  • Janet Frame, Owls Do Cry (Vintage)
  • Patricia Grace, Mutuwhenua: The Moon Sleeps (Penguin)
  • Witi Ihimaera, Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies (Penguin)
  • Lloyd Jones, Mr Pip (Penguin)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
ENGL 242 aims to
  • present a selection of New Zealand literary texts in relation to their cultural contexts
  • develop skills in various aspects of literary study, including tools and terms for critical and cultural analysis
  • address aspects of essay writing and expression
  • explore some of the important themes found in New Zealand writing.
Paper Structure
Assessment for this paper consists of two response papers (850-1,000 words each), a comparative essay (1800 words), and a final exam (3 hours).

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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 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 17:00-17:50 32
Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-30, 32-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 30-34, 38-40
T2 Thursday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 38-40

A study of New Zealand literature, focusing on the kinds of historical and contemporary connections New Zealand has to other regions, histories and cultures.

Beginning from the premise that some of the familiar narratives about New Zealand (e.g. New Zealand as "a Better Britain", "clean, green New Zealand", etc.) brush over the complexity of New Zealand as a nation, this paper introduces students to less familiar ways of thinking about this country and its literature. Positioning New Zealand squarely as a postcolonial country - with all the intricacies and challenges this presents - the paper covers a broad cross-section of literary texts and considers what kind of story about New Zealand emerges from them. Recognising New Zealand's location in the South Pacific, the paper pays particular attention to the kinds of historical and contemporary connections New Zealand has to other regions, histories and cultures. With reference to some landmark texts by both Māori and Pākehā writers, we examine the significance of New Zealand's literary origins as a settler nation, and consider the contributions and challenges these texts make to the stories New Zealand tells itself - and others abroad - about itself.

Paper title New Zealand Literature: Connecting Worlds
Paper code ENGL242
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

^ Top of page

Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
simone.drichel@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Simone Drichel
Other Lecturing Staff: Associate Professor Chris Prentice
Paper Structure
Assessment for this paper consists of two response papers (850-1,000 words each), a comparative essay (1,800 words), and a final exam (3 hours).
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week
1-hour tutorials at pre-announced times (eight in total)
Textbooks
  • NZ poetry (selected poems; in Course Reader - available at Print Shop inside Library)
  • Frank Sargeson (selected stories; in Course Reader)
  • Janet Frame, Owls Do Cry (Vintage)
  • Patricia Grace, Mutuwhenua: The Moon Sleeps (Penguin)
  • Lloyd Jones, Mr Pip (Penguin)
  • Paula Morris, Rangatira (Penguin)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
ENGL 242 aims to
  • present a selection of New Zealand literary texts in relation to their cultural contexts
  • develop skills in various aspects of literary study, including tools and terms for critical and cultural analysis
  • address aspects of essay writing and expression
  • explore some of the important themes found in New Zealand writing.

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 15, 19-21
T2 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 15, 19-21
T3 Thursday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15, 19-21