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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Writing the Nation: Fact or Fiction
    Subject English
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,174.57
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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


    Not offered in 2022

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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