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ENGL121 English Literature: The Remix

Books are made out of other books; well-known English literary works are placed alongside historic and contemporary works that respond to them.

ENGL 121 presents major works of literature in English from medieval to recent times, focusing on transformations of one text by another. Other critical approaches will also be introduced. Chaucer, a variety of sonnet writers, Shakespeare and Austen form high points from the canonical tradition of English literature, while Stoppard brings minor characters from Hamlet to the centre of his play; McDermid updates Austen's regency romance with vampires and social media; and Carter rewrites traditional fairy tales.

Paper title English Literature: The Remix
Paper code ENGL121
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
nicola.cummins@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Ms Nicola Cummins
Lecturers: Professor Chris Ackerley, Ms Nicola Cummins, Dr Tom McLean, Professor Evelyn Tribble and Dr Greg Waite
Paper Structure
The paper considers literature as a conversation between the ages. We examine canonical texts in relation to their adaptation by other authors.
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week
A 1-hour tutorial in selected weeks.
Textbooks
  • Hale, J.K. Sonnets of Four Centuries (available from the Print Shop)
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey. Selections from the Canterbury Tales (available from the Print Shop)
  • Shakespeare, William. Hamlet (Signet or Folger)
  • Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey (Oxford World's Classics)
  • McDermid, Val. Northanger Abbey (Harper Collins)
  • Carter, Angela. The Bloody Chamber (Vintage)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
SONNETS
  • Describe origins, history and development of sonnet form to the 20th century
  • Identify sonnet form
  • Demonstrate relationship between form and thought in a sonnet
  • Identify imagery and infer relationships between imagery and sonnet form and thought
  • Define and identify basic metres of English verse in a sonnet
THE MILLER'S TALE
  • Develop the ability to read fluently and understand the language of a passage written in Middle English
  • Describe and critique the means by which character can be represented
  • Appreciate aspects of the social, religious, political, artistic and intellectual life of the medieval period
HAMLET
  • Practise close reading
  • Formulate tactics for dealing with earlier forms of the language
  • Assess representation of characters and themes
  • Conceptualise Early Modern theatre practice, focusing on embedded stage directions
NORTHANGER ABBEY
  • Relate the history of the novel form
  • Explain the marriage plot and variations
  • Distinguish forms of irony: verbal, structural, dramatic
  • Analyse narrative method: point of view, authorial voice, dialogue, narrative voice, coloured narrative, free indirect style
THE BLOODY CHAMBER
  • Recall history of fairy tale
  • Evaluate author's use of expository techniques
  • Identify and critique intertextuality
  • Identify and critique aspects of feminist theory
ESSAY WRITING
  • Critique a model essay to determine the desirable qualities of critical essay: argument, content, expression, mechanics
  • Formulate a method for writing a critical essay

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 15:00-17:50 11

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 14:00-14:50 10-15, 18-20
T2 Monday 15:00-15:50 10-15, 18-20
T3 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10-15, 18-20
T4 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 10-15, 18-20
T5 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-15, 18-20
T6 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-15, 18-20

Books are made out of other books; well-known English literary works are placed alongside historic and contemporary works that respond to them.

ENGL 121 presents major works of literature in English from medieval to recent times, focusing on transformations of one text by another. Other critical approaches will also be introduced. Chaucer, a variety of sonnet writers, Shakespeare and Austen form high points from the canonical tradition of English literature, Asta Nielsen creates a gender-bending Hamlet, Amy Heckerling updates Austen's Emma by setting her film in a US high school, and Angela Carter rewrites traditional fairy tales.

Paper title English Literature: The Remix
Paper code ENGL121
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
nicola.cummins@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Ms Nicola Cummins
Lecturers: Professor Chris Ackerley, Ms Nicola Cummins, Dr Tom McLean, Professor Evelyn Tribble and Dr Greg Waite
Paper Structure
The paper considers literature as a conversation between the ages. We examine canonical texts in relation to their adaptation by other authors.
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week
A 1-hour tutorial in selected weeks.
Textbooks
  • Hale, J.K. Sonnets of Four Centuries (available from the Print Shop)
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey. Selections from the Canterbury Tales (available from the Print Shop)
  • Shakespeare, William. Hamlet (Signet or Folger)
  • Austen, Jane. Emma (Oxford World's Classics)
  • Carter, Angela. The Bloody Chamber (Vintage)
  • Asta Nielsen's Hamlet (1921 film) dir. Svend Gade and Heinz Schall
  • Clueless (1995 film) dir. Amy Heckerling
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
SONNETS
  • Describe origins, history and development of sonnet form to the 20th century
  • Identify sonnet form
  • Demonstrate relationship between form and thought in a sonnet
  • Identify imagery and infer relationships between im
  • agery and sonnet form and thoughtDefine and identify basic metres of English verse in a sonnet

THE MILLER'S TALE
  • Develop the ability to read fluently and understand the language of a passage written in Middle English
  • Describe and critique the means by which character can be represented
  • Appreciate aspects of the social, religious, political, artistic and intellectual life of the medieval period

HAMLET
  • Practise close reading
  • Formulate tactics for dealing with earlier forms of the language
  • Assess representation of characters and themes
  • Conceptualise Early Modern theatre practice, focusing on embedded stage directions

NORTHANGER ABBEY
  • Relate the history of the novel form
  • Explain the marriage plot and variations
  • Distinguish forms of irony: verbal, structural, dramatic
  • Analyse narrative method: point of view, authorial voice, dialogue, narrative voice, coloured narrative, free indirect style

THE BLOODY CHAMBER
  • Recall history of fairy tale
  • Evaluate author's use of expository techniques
  • Identify and critique intertextuality
  • Identify and critique aspects of feminist theory

ESSAY WRITING
  • Critique a model essay to determine the desirable qualities of critical essay: argument, content, expression, mechanics
  • Formulate a method for writing a critical essay

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 14:00-14:50 10-12, 15-16, 18-21
T2 Monday 15:00-15:50 10-12, 15-16, 18-21
T3 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10-12, 15-16, 18-21
T4 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 10-12, 15-16, 18-21
T5 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-12, 15-16, 18-21