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ENGL368 Approaches to Writing about Literature

An introduction to literary research, the use of printed and on-line resources and the methods of writing about literature, culminating in a practical research essay.

This paper teaches aspects of how to write about literature, but also examines how others have written about literature. Rather than surveying different critical methodologies, the paper is structured around a selection of short stories and critical essays about those stories, looking at how critics tackle different sorts of problems in literary works and how they engage with both the author and other critics in responding to texts.

ENGL 368 is recommended for all students considering further study of English. It is also a fitting conclusion to a focus on writing in a literature degree. Because students determine their own topics for the research essay, the paper caters to those interested in learning more about a particular literary topic, either as preparation for a future dissertation or because a favourite author or work is not taught in the programme.

Paper title Approaches to Writing about Literature
Paper code ENGL368
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level ENGL points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
shef.rogers@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Shef Rogers
Paper Structure
The paper is 100% internally-assessed, so there are relatively frequent assessments, including a major research essay that will be developed through a proposal stage and revised to a final form, as well as a group handprinting exercise on the University's beautiful Columbian press. There is little down time, but no final exam.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is designed to be engagingly participatory. It meets for one 2-hour session each week (with a break in the middle). There is also a weekly 2-hour tutorial for hands-on instruction in libraries, in computer resource rooms and in the bibliography room.
Textbooks
All readings are available through Blackboard. The paper includes stories by Poe, Twain, Davin, Manhire and Raymond Carver, among others.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the semester students should be able to:
  • Distinguish among types of literary evidence;
  • Locate sources of that evidence in Dunedin repositories and on-line;
  • Access and manipulate that evidence through various electronic formats to incorporate it into their own word-processing;
  • Present their findings in a standard professional format, including appropriate references and layout;
  • Understand the distinctions among common academic writing tasks such as an annotated bibliography, a review, an abstract and an essay;
  • Possess a familiarity with a range of approaches to literary evidence: physical, biographical, editorial and contextual;
  • Grasp the significance, advantages and limitations of various new technologies for presenting literary scholarship;
  • Understand the essentials of handprinting with movable type.
Eligibility
18 200-level ENGL points

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

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

Examination of how critics conduct and shape scholarly arguments, drawing on short stories from Hawthorne to Manhire. Enhances both research and writing skills.

This paper teaches aspects of how to write about literature, but also examines how others have written about literature. Rather than surveying different critical methodologies (as in ENGL 233), the paper is structured around a selection of short stories and critical essays about those stories, looking at how critics tackle different sorts of problems in literary works and how they engage with both the author and other critics in responding to texts.

ENGL 368 is recommended for all students considering further study of English. It is also a fitting conclusion to a focus on writing in a literature degree. Because students determine their own topics for the research essay, the paper caters to those interested in learning more about a particular literary topic, either as preparation for a future dissertation or because you have not had a chance to study a favourite author or work in your other papers.

Paper title Engaging Literary Stories
Paper code ENGL368
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

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Prerequisite
18 200-level ENGL points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Eligibility
18 200-level ENGL points
Contact
shef.rogers@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Shef Rogers
Paper Structure
The paper is 100% internally-assessed, so there are relatively frequent assessments, including a major research essay that will be developed through a proposal stage and revised to a final form, as well as a group handprinting exercise on the University's beautiful Columbian press. There is little down time, but no final exam.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is designed to be engagingly participatory. It meets for one 2-hour session each week (with a break in the middle). There is also a weekly 2-hour tutorial for hands-on instruction in libraries, in computer resource rooms and in the bibliography room.
Textbooks
All readings are available through Blackboard. The paper will likely include stories by Poe, Davin, Manhire and Raymond Carver, among others.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the semester students should be able to:
  • Distinguish among types of literary evidence;
  • Locate sources of that evidence in Dunedin repositories and on-line;
  • Access and manipulate that evidence through various electronic formats to incorporate it into their own word-processing;
  • Present their findings in a standard professional format, including appropriate references and layout;
  • Understand the distinctions among common academic writing tasks such as an annotated bibliography, a review, an abstract and an essay;
  • Possess a familiarity with a range of approaches to literary evidence: physical, biographical, editorial and contextual;
  • Grasp the significance, advantages and limitations of various new technologies for presenting literary scholarship;
  • Understand the essentials of handprinting with movable type.

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
Z1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 13
Z2 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 13

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 11-12, 15, 17, 19
T2 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 11-12, 15, 17, 19