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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- 18 200-level ENGL points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
- 18 200-level ENGL points
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of English and Linguistics website
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.