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    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, 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 they have not had a chance to study a favourite author or work in your other papers. Two of the stories are parodies, and students may choose to write a parody (accompanied by a critical discussion of the aim of the parody) as their research project.

    About this paper

    Paper title Engaging Literary Stories
    Subject English
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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.
    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor 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 Special Collections and in the bibliography room.


    All readings are available through Blackboard. The paper includes stories by Poe, Davin, Raymond Carver and Ken Liu among others.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Distinguish among types of literary evidence
    • Locate sources of that evidence in Dunedin repositories and online
    • 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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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