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    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, and Girard).

    About this paper

    Paper title A Topic in American Literature
    Subject English
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
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    72 300-level ENGL points

    Teaching staff

    Convenor and Lecturer:  to be confirmed when paper is next offered.


    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)
    • Robbe-Grillet, Alain. Jealousy (1957)
    • Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969)
    • Berger, John. G. (1972)
    • Ondaatje, Michael. In the Skin of a Lion (1987)
    • McCarthy, Tom. Men in Space (2007)
    • Egan, Jennifer. Look at Me (2011)
    • Smith, Ali. Autumn (2016)

    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)
    • Berger, John. Ways of Seeing, Episode One (1972)
    • 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

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    1. Discuss relationships between literary, cinematic and visual material
    2. Examine inter-art analogies drawn from a variety of media
    3. Analyse a range of texts from historical, theoretical, critical and comparative perspectives
    4. Develop methodological and scholarly tools appropriate for literary, cinematic and visual analysis


    Not offered in 2024

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    This paper is taught On Campus
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