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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 (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 (NZD) $1,098.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,352.87

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72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rochelle Simmons
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.
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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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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system