New Zealand Literature: Nation and Narration
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
English, Literature, Literatures in English
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
A study of New Zealand literature in its diverse cultural, creative and critical contexts. Includes works by major writers of fiction, poetry and drama from the early 20th century to the present.
This paper offers a selection of New Zealand fiction, poetry and drama. Bridging literary and cultural studies approaches, ENGL 242 presents critical terms and tools to analyse the texts and their contexts. We focus on literary works from the 20th century and map out New Zealand's changing ways of 'narrating the nation'. The paper explores questions raised through the emergence of a variety of literary voices and viewpoints and traces differing and sometimes conflicting ways of narrating New Zealand as a place and an 'imagined community'. Beginning with New Zealand's literary origins as a settler nation, the paper next turns to a phase of literary nationalism and investigates the exclusions that such a focus on the nation generated. It addresses the 'Maori Renaissance' in its response to, and liberation from, such exclusions, before concluding with more contemporary responses to the New Zealand nation.
ENGL 242 aims to:
-Present a selection of New Zealand literature in relation to its cultural contexts
-Develop skills in various aspects of literary study, including tools and terms for critical and cultural analysis
-Address aspects of essay writing and expression
-Explore some of the important themes and modes of expression found in New Zealand literature
Mansfield, Katherine. Collected Stories (Penguin)
Course Reader (Short Stories by Frank Sargeson and Poetry; available from the Print Shop)
Frame, Janet. Owls Do Cry (Vintage)
Grace, Patricia. Mutuwhenua: The Moon Sleeps (Penguin)
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