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ENGL222 Contemporary American Fiction

A study of American fiction that traces the development of Post-Modernism.

This introduction to American fiction considers the novel from national and regional perspectives and traces the development of postmodernism. Other topics to be studied include gender, ethnicity, class, history, the media and popular culture.

Paper title Contemporary American Fiction
Paper code ENGL222
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rochelle Simmons
  • Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49 (Pan)
  • Didion, Joan. Play It As It Lays (Flamingo)
  • Morrison, Toni. Sula (Picador)
  • Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime (Pan)
  • DeLillo, Don. White Noise (Penguin)
  • Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
  • Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections (Fourth Estate)
  • Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad (Random House)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper, students should:
  1. Be familiar with a range of contemporary American novels
  2. Be able to discuss specific images and broad themes in American writing
  3. Be able to compare and contrast works using historical, theoretical and critical approaches
  4. Have developed their expertise in critical reading and writing

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 18-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 11-12, 19-22
T2 Thursday 14:00-14:50 11-12, 19-22