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ENGL408 Writing the Nation: Fact or Fiction

Compares and contrasts ‘historical’ and ‘literary’ accounts of key people and events shaping Ireland between 1890 and 1970 in terms of current debates about representation - specifically narrative theory, the archive, revisionism, and memorialisation.

Topics include Parnell; cultural nationalism and the Irish Literary Renaissance; 1916; the Civil War; De Valera and Holy Ireland; and The Troubles.

Paper title Writing the Nation: Fact or Fiction
Paper code ENGL408
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,174.57
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72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
May not be credited together with ENGL467 passed in 2006-2008.

Teaching staff

To be advised when next offered.

Paper Structure
Critically examines the interplay between text, intertext, context and metatext.
Teaching Arrangements
Two-hour seminars, film screenings and group discussion of individual student tutorial presentations.
Required reading on reserve in the Library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Enhance hermeneutical skills
  • Increase awareness of the symbiotic reciprocity between "fact" and "fiction"
  • Enhance understanding of the complex interplay of context, intertext, text and metatext
  • Develop understanding of historiography and its politics
  • Increase appreciation for the complex interrelationships between history, fiction, culture and national and personal identity

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system