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ENGL477 A Topic in American Literature

An advanced study of a topic in American literature.

This interdisciplinary paper examines the implications of Cubist painting for 20th-century literary and filmic practices. It investigates Cubism's role in the formal innovations of American poets (Stein, Williams); the development of avant-garde filmmaking (Léger); cinematic and novelistic montage (Vertov); experimental narrative (Robbe-Grillet); dialectical structuring in political theatre and film (Brecht, Godard, Tanner); and the collage aesthetic in fiction and film (Fowles, Berger, Marker, Ondaatje, Egan, and Girard).

Paper title A Topic in American Literature
Paper code ENGL477
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,076.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Prerequisite
72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
Contact
rochelle.simmons@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rochelle Simmons
Textbooks
I. Books to be purchased - please make sure that you either own or have access to the following:
  • Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933)
  • Brecht, Bertolt. The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1945)
  • Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969)
  • Berger, John. G. (1972)
  • Ondaatje, Michael. In the Skin of a Lion (1987)
  • And two others to be advised
II. Films to be screened
  • Léger, Fernand. Ballet mécanique (1924)
  • Vertov, Dziga, The Man With a Movie Camera (1928)
  • Godard, Jean-Luc. Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1966)
  • Godard, Jean-Luc. Tout va Bien (1972)
  • Tanner, Alain. Jonah, Who will be 25 in the Year 2,000 (1976)
  • Marker, Chris. Sunless (1982)
  • Girard, Francois. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
III. A course reader will be available from the Printery.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. To discuss relationships between literary, cinematic and visual material
  2. To examine inter-art analogies drawn from a variety of media
  3. To analyse a range of texts from historical, theoretical, critical and comparative perspectives
  4. To develop methodological and scholarly tools appropriate for literary, cinematic and visual analysis

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2019

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

An advanced study of a topic in American literature.

This interdisciplinary paper examines the implications of Cubist painting for 20th-century literary and filmic practices. It investigates Cubism's role in the formal innovations of American poets (Stein, Williams); the development of avant-garde filmmaking (L?®ger); cinematic and novelistic montage (Vertov); experimental narrative (Robbe-Grillet); dialectical structuring in political theatre and film (Brecht, Godard, Tanner); and the collage aesthetic in fiction and film (Fowles, Berger, Marker, Ondaatje, Egan, and Girard).

Paper title A Topic in American Literature
Paper code ENGL477
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
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.

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
Contact
rochelle.simmons@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rochelle Simmons
Textbooks
I. Books to be purchased - please make sure that you either own or have access to the following:
  • Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933)
  • Brecht, Bertolt. The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1945)
  • Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969)
  • Berger, John. G. (1972)
  • Ondaatje, Michael. In the Skin of a Lion (1987)
  • And two others to be advised
II. Films to be screened
  • L?®ger, Fernand. Ballet m?®canique (1924)
  • Vertov, Dziga, The Man With a Movie Camera (1928)
  • Godard, Jean-Luc. Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1966)
  • Godard, Jean-Luc. Tout va Bien (1972)
  • Tanner, Alain. Jonah, Who will be 25 in the Year 2,000 (1976)
  • Marker, Chris. Sunless (1982)
  • Girard, Francois. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
III. A course reader will be available from the Printery.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. To discuss relationships between literary, cinematic and visual material
  2. To examine inter-art analogies drawn from a variety of media
  3. To analyse a range of texts from historical, theoretical, critical and comparative perspectives
  4. To develop methodological and scholarly tools appropriate for literary, cinematic and visual analysis

^ Top of page

Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

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