Courses - Faculty of Arts


English

Stage I

ENGLISH 101
15 Points

Literature and the Contemporary

Constitutes a wide-ranging study of literatures in English in different forms and media in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Themes studied may include modernity/postmodernity, diaspora, gender relations, sexuality, cross-cultural contacts, memory, film adaptation, war and ecological crisis. Works will be examined in the context of key historical events and cultural movements.

ENGLISH 102
15 Points

ENGLISH 102G
15 Points

Great Books: Seduction and Betrayal

Surveys a selection of literary masterpieces by major authors from different periods in the history of English literature. Selection of texts is organised around the theme of seduction and betrayal, understood more particularly as a story-arc exploring attitudes to love and sex, to politics and ambition, to ethical conduct, and to the activity of reading itself.

ENGLISH 121
15 Points

ENGLISH 121G
15 Points

Reading/Writing/Text

Develops University-wide skills of reading, writing and analysis. Addresses the needs of students in both English and other disciplines where both writing and reading have an important role in learning. The course fosters personal writing skills and also introduces writing as a subject of study in itself.

Stage II

ENGLISH 204
15 Points

Pacific Literature in English

An introduction to contemporary Pacific Literature exploring texts from canonical Pacific writers to spoken word performance poets. Texts will be examined in light of recent theories in Indigenous Writing Studies, with a focus on crossings of cultural and creative borders, diaspora and identity.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in English, or 15 points at Stage I in English and PACIFIC 100

ENGLISH 207
15 Points

Creating Stories

Explores narrative theory and analysis through major stories from the literature and art of the last six centuries, from Shakespeare’s sources to now; from at least four continents; and including short story, drama, 'classic' and modern novels, verse, children’s picture story, narrative painting, comics, film and music video. Investigates universal, human, local, individual, work and intra-work levels of analysis.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Restriction: ENGLISH 111

ENGLISH 213
15 Points

Age of Shakespeare: Tragedy

An introduction to the golden age of English theatre, involving detailed study of a selection of tragedies by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The theatrical emphasis of the course is intended to help students respond to the plays as theatrical artefacts and not merely as literary texts.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in English or Drama, or approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: ENGLISH 353

ENGLISH 214
15 Points

Early Texts: Modern Inventions

A study of key works and contexts of selected medieval and early modern writers, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and Behn. Offers a compact history of literary engagements with important social issues that arose in a period notable for revolution and reform; also develops knowledge of literary forms and trends that are historically important, but, in this period, relatively new.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in English

Restriction: ENGLISH 210

ENGLISH 216
15 Points

Modernist Transformations

Modernist writers wanted to ‘Make it new, make it strange, make it dance’. This course focuses on Modernist texts from the first half of the twentieth century, tracing in the literature, art and other cultural productions of that period the development of ideas and techniques still relevant to how we write, think and ‘make it new’ today.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in English

Restriction: ENGLISH 206, 222

ENGLISH 217
15 Points

Postcolonial Memory: Ireland

Explores globally significant issues of cultural memory, identity and postcolonial inheritance through the lens of Irish literature and cultural experience. Debates about memory and postcoloniality guide our navigation of twentieth and twenty-first century Irish novels, plays, poetry and short stories. Conversely, our literary navigations interrogate postcolonial representations of identity across changing cultural contexts.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in English

Restriction: ENGLISH 266, 316, 361

ENGLISH 219
15 Points

Nineteenth Century Literature

Considers a range of literature from the nineteenth century – poetry, fiction and drama – as regards its treatment of growing up in the period. Issues covered include the recognition of childhood as a special state, the establishment of an individual's gender and sexual identity and the opportunities and constraints afforded by the changing social hierarchy and religious belief systems.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in English

Restriction: ENGLISH 104

ENGLISH 221
15 Points

New Zealand Literature

Offers an historical survey of major writers and key issues in New Zealand literature. Students will not only read some of the best writing our country has to offer but will develop, through the literature studied, a richly detailed overview of New Zealand experience from the period of first contact until now.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in English

Restriction: ENGLISH 355

ENGLISH 252
15 Points

Creative Writing: Introduction

Introduces ways of writing and thinking about poetry, short prose fiction, multimedia and drama and screenplay. Lectures on genres and creative composition are combined with smaller tutorials that give students time to practice the techniques and engage the ideas they are learning.

Prerequisite: 45 points passed

Restriction: ENGLISH 255

ENGLISH 256
15 Points

Tolkien and his Worlds

Examines Tolkien’s primary fictional texts, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in relation to the author’s ideas about fantasy and world-building, his use of Celtic, German and Christian mythology, and the adaptation of the novels into film.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Restriction: ENGLISH 306

ENGLISH 261
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 45 points passed

ENGLISH 262
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in English

ENGLISH 265
15 Points

Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragicomedies

A study of selected comedies and tragicomedies of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Works of Shakespeare may include the romantic comedies of his first decade and a half as a playwright, the so-called 'problem plays', the darker comedies of his middle years, and the tragicomedies of his final years, sometimes called 'romances'. The nature of comedy and its relationship to tragedy is also explored.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in English or Drama, or approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: ENGLISH 310

Stage III

ENGLISH 305
15 Points

Modern Writing and Critical Thinking

Reading modern works that overtly blend critical and creative styles, the course examines relations among discourses, criticality, and imagination.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English, Drama, and/or Writing Studies

ENGLISH 306
15 Points

Tolkien and his Worlds

Examines Tolkien's primary fictional texts, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in relation to the author's ideas about fantasy and world-building, his use of Celtic, German and Christian mythology, and the adaptation of the novels into film.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Restriction: ENGLISH 256

ENGLISH 310
15 Points

Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragicomedies

A study of selected comedies and tragicomedies of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Works of Shakespeare may include the romantic comedies of his first decade and a half as a playwright, the so-called 'problem plays', the darker comedies of his middle years, and the tragicomedies of his final years, sometimes called 'romances'. The nature of comedy and its relationship to tragedy is also explored.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English or Drama

Restriction: ENGLISH 265

ENGLISH 311
15 Points

Creating Stories

Explores narrative theory and analysis through major stories from the literature and art of the last six centuries, from Shakespeare’s sources to now; from at least four continents; and including short story, drama, “classic” and modern novels, verse, children’s picture story, narrative painting, comics, film and music video. Investigates universal, human, local, individual, work and intra-work levels of analysis.

Prerequisite: 60 points at Stage II from the BA Schedule

Restriction: ENGLISH 111, 207

ENGLISH 313
15 Points

From Romantics to Victorians

An exploration of some key preoccupations of nineteenth-century literature: identity and the psyche, and the self’s engagement with the other. Both topics will be considered against a changing social context which influenced religious beliefs and constructions of gender in particular. Covers poetry and prose from the 1790s to the 1880s.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English

ENGLISH 316
15 Points

Postcolonial Memory: Ireland

Explores globally significant issues of cultural memory, identity and postcolonial inheritance through the lens of Irish literature and cultural experience. Debates about memory and postcoloniality guide our navigation of twentieth and twenty-first century Irish novels, plays, poetry and short stories. Conversely, our literary navigations interrogate postcolonial representations of identity across changing cultural contexts.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English

Restriction: ENGLISH 217, 266, 361

ENGLISH 318
15 Points

The Gothic: Texts and Theory

An advanced introduction to literary theory through an exploration of classic works of Gothic Literature. We examine the competing claims of psychoanalysis, new historicism, post-colonialism and queer studies in accounting for the appeal and cultural significance of the Gothic mode.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

Restriction: ENGLISH 321

ENGLISH 323
15 Points

Contemporary Poetry

An introduction to the work of a dozen influential poets, this course emphasises new developments. The focus is on the still controversial L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry that emerged in the late 1970s and developments concurrent with it. This shift is seen against a background of changes in technology, politics and in popular and intellectual culture.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English

ENGLISH 340
15 Points

Arthurian Literature

The Arthurian story, from its first passage into French in the twelfth century. The English writings are studied in comparison with their French sources and counterparts (in translation).

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English or FRENCH 200

Restriction: ENGLISH 738, 746

ENGLISH 343
15 Points

Writing Poetry

Students will be guided through poetry and poetics and the writing of poetry. As part of the course requirement, they will submit a portfolio of poems.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English, Drama, Writing Studies and Programme Coordinator approval

Restriction: ENGLISH 328

ENGLISH 344
15 Points

Writing Creative Prose

A creative writing course that uses a range of processes, theories and techniques to explore developments in the short story and other shorter prose genres.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed and Programme Coordinator approval

Restriction: ENGLISH 328

ENGLISH 345
15 Points

Adolescent Fiction

Adolescence is a problematic category and a peculiarly modern one; necessarily, the same holds true for adolescent fiction. The aim of this course is to examine this phase of development that is neither childhood nor adulthood but lies between, and recent literary and filmic responses to the characteristic interests and demands of readers at this stage of their lives. Course reading will include film and television, as well as written texts.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English

ENGLISH 346
15 Points

African and Caribbean Literature

The Caribbean, by virtue of its geography and history, embraces cultural elements of Africa, India, Europe and North America. The focus, however, will primarily be on Caribbean and African societies in order to address a range of issues connected to these variously hybrid cultures: slavery, black identity and sexuality, nation/narration, home and location/dislocation.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English or Transnational Cultures and Creative Practice, or approval of Academic Head or nominee

ENGLISH 351
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English

ENGLISH 353
15 Points

Age of Shakespeare: Tragedy

An introduction to the golden age of English theatre, involving detailed study of a selection of tragedies by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The theatrical emphasis of the course is intended to help students respond to the plays as theatrical artefacts and not merely as literary texts.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English or Drama

Restriction: ENGLISH 213

ENGLISH 354
15 Points

Writing Selves

Extends student skills in critical reading and composition while critically exploring changing concepts of the self. Considers the nationalist and historicising functions traditionally assigned to biographies and autobiographies, issues of authorship, genre, form, and convention, sexual and gender politics in life writing, and the controversial borderline between fiction and auto/biography.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English or Writing Studies

Restriction: ENGLISH 263

ENGLISH 355
15 Points

New Zealand Literature

Offers an historical survey of major writers and key issues in New Zealand literature. Students will not only read some of the best writing our country has to offer but will develop, through the literature studied, a richly detailed overview of New Zealand experience from the period of first contact until now.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English

Restriction: ENGLISH 221

ENGLISH 356
15 Points

The Modern Novel

A study of fiction. The prescribed works vary widely in their country of origin, formal elements and themes. Some are recognised as classics, while others show the new directions taken by the writers of the time. The texts are given detailed consideration as well as being placed within social and critical contexts.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English

Restriction: ENGLISH 220

ENGLISH 360
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in English

ENGLISH 367
15 Points

Special Topic

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

ENGLISH 700
30 Points

Pacific Poetry

A critical engagement with poetry written in English by the peoples of Oceania (Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia). Pacific aesthetics and epistemologies evident in orature and art, in addition to post-colonial and women of colour feminist theories, will be used in the construction of culturally insightful frameworks to better appreciate this poetry that spans from the 1970s to the present day.

Restriction: ENGLISH 717, 720

ENGLISH 701
30 Points

Milton and Poetic Authority

Milton is the poet who has been most significant in the establishment of the familiar canon of English poetry. This achievement raises questions about the greatness of poetry written in one set of historical circumstances that is then judged by an audience constructed in part by the poetry itself. In this context the course covers political as well as poetic works.

Restriction: ENGLISH 760

ENGLISH 702
30 Points

Postcolonial Literary Studies

Provides a critical investigation of postcolonial literary studies as a field of academic inquiry and cultural critique. We read essays by influential theorists, including theoretical essays by contemporary poets and novelists, but concentrate on the study of literary texts produced in the social, political and cultural circumstances that are largely identified as postcolonial.

Restriction: ENGLISH 786

ENGLISH 703
15 Points

Stages of Religion

The history of English religion through the longer Reformation period, as reflected and addressed especially in the drama of the period, from the Cycle-plays to Milton. Combines English history and history of religion with issues of dramatic history and performance. Extensive use of primary and rare materials.

ENGLISH 705
30 Points

Modernism and the Contemporary

Examines the work of Modernist writers intensely concerned with ideas of the contemporary within the context of Modernism, the defining international 'movement' of the twentieth century, known for its narratives of crisis and transformation.

ENGLISH 706
30 Points

Shakespeare: Selected Plays and Poems

The focus of this course varies from year to year but includes attention to several of the most influential approaches to the reading of Shakespearean texts: psychoanalysis, feminism, new historicism, cultural materialism and post-colonial theory.

ENGLISH 707
30 Points

Writing World War II

Takes the terror wrought by bombing as its theme with particular focus on the literature of the Second World War and the Cold War that followed it. Also addresses contemporary literary reimaginings of the Second World War, which incorporate elements of military, architectural and postcolonial history, and asks what these later versions imply about the war's historicity.

ENGLISH 709
30 Points

Theatre on Screen

Examines a range of mainstream and arthouse films which treat the processes of theatrical performance and dramatic composition. These films create commercial and aesthetic appeal by engaging the thin dividing line between reality and drama. Topics include: theatricality and politics; the business of theatre; gender and sexuality; adaptation.

Restriction: ENGLISH 774

ENGLISH 711
30 Points

Shakespeare from Stage to Page, 1590-1640

Studies the development of the theatre in the half-century encompassing Shakespeare's career and after, and its relation to the print industry of the same period. Treats authors and writing, acting, company structure, audiences, censorship, book production, publication and readership. Involves extensive use of primary and rare materials.

Restriction: ENGLISH 342, 754, 765

ENGLISH 713
30 Points

ENGLISH 713A
15 Points

ENGLISH 713B
15 Points

Research Essays

A number of essays are written with guidance from a supervisor, focusing on a field, author, genre or period of literature.

To complete this course students must enrol in ENGLISH 713 A and B, or ENGLISH 713

ENGLISH 714
30 Points

Chaucer Studies

A major Chaucerian text or text grouping is considered in its wider literary and cultural context, including sources, analogues and comparable writings from Continental Europe.

Restriction: ENGLISH 749

ENGLISH 718
30 Points

Opening the Archive

Develops practical research skills while attending to archives as concept and theory. Skills include scoping and pursuing a significant research project, seeking permissions and presenting findings. The course also reflects critically on the provenance of textual, material, visual and digital collections and their public and scholarly uses in the twenty-first century.

ENGLISH 725
15 Points

Writing, Literacy, Poetics

Study of textualities, reading and writing as situated language, and literary study in relation to wider literacies and media. What does 'deep reading' promise? Can one be 'fully literate'? Readings in literacy and literary theory, performativity, and performance.

ENGLISH 731
30 Points

Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë

A comparative study of two significant women novelists of the nineteenth century, exploring the similarities and differences among their works, as well as giving attention to their critical and popular reception history and their 'afterlife' in print and on screen.

Restriction: ENGLISH 752

ENGLISH 732A
15 Points

ENGLISH 732B
15 Points

Popular Fiction: Mystery, Romance and Fantasy

Popular Fiction offers an opportunity to extend critical study of literature to the mass of texts customarily denied academic approval. A key element is the reader's pleasure. Does pleasure make a difference in what is, admittedly, a critical study of several varieties of modern popular fiction, especially children's literature, romance and crime fiction (both in print and on television). Reading of texts will be supported by discussion of a range of theoretical issues.

To complete this course students must enrol in ENGLISH 732 A and B

ENGLISH 746
15 Points

Arthurian Literature

The Arthurian story, from its first passage into French in the twelfth century. The English writings are studied in comparison with their French sources and counterparts (in translation).

Restriction: ENGLISH 340

ENGLISH 756
15 Points

Special Topic

ENGLISH 758
15 Points

Advanced Studies in Rhetoric and Composition

An investigation of writing practice, taking up situated, instrumental and political aspects central to rhetorical theory throughout history from Aristotle and Cicero to Bakhtin, Habermas, Burke, Anzaldua and Gates. Considers issues that have served to focus the work of commentators and theorists, including cognitive process theory, language as social semiotic, gender and literacy studies, and writing for new technologies.

Restriction: ENGLISH 350

ENGLISH 759
15 Points

Aphra Behn and the Canon

A study of selected plays, prose fictions and poems by Behn in relation to both the emerging canon of early modern English literature and to contemporary debates about canonicity within feminism and cultural studies.

Restriction: ENGLISH 737

ENGLISH 769
30 Points

Representing Imagining

Investigates representation in imaginative writing. Principal texts are from 1928 to the present and from North America, UK, Aotearoa New Zealand, France, and the Caribbean. Topics include genre and expectations; ideologies of originality and copying; discursive mixing; authenticity; wholeness and brokenness; translingualism; the page, the codex and the digitas; and the economy of the imaginative subject.

ENGLISH 770
15 Points

Research Essays

Essays on a particular author, genre or theme.

ENGLISH 775
15 Points

Special Topic: Jane Austen

Focuses on the complete novels of Jane Austen, their critical reception, their adaptations, and their afterlife in popular culture.

ENGLISH 777
15 Points

Special Topic

ENGLISH 778
30 Points

Pedagogy and Performance

Explores teaching as theory and performance in the context of Writing Studies and English. The course reviews the discipline of English, its concerns, materials and methods, and the challenge of multi-literacies. Teaching writing is rationalised in theory and rehearsed in practice through learning activities and assignments that address the discourse of discipline, the teaching room and public pedagogy.

ENGLISH 779
30 Points

The Social Text, 1350-1590

Explores the relations between literature and political society in the late medieval/early modern period. The literary text may articulate the designs and demands of political culture, employing the terms of emerging political discourses, or it may itself become a political event. The course aims at an understanding of public culture in the period, including its texts.

ENGLISH 780
30 Points

ENGLISH 780A
15 Points

ENGLISH 780B
15 Points

Research Essay

To complete this course students must enrol in ENGLISH 780 A and B, or ENGLISH 780

For students enrolled in a postgraduate programme in English.

ENGLISH 781
30 Points

Research Project

ENGLISH 782A
15 Points

ENGLISH 782B
15 Points

Interpreting Janet Frame

An exploration of the fiction of renowned writer Janet Frame. Using interpretative theory, the course addresses the challenge of developing enabling critical contexts for Frame’s novels. Conversely, Frame’s novels are used as a means of exploring the reading process and the dynamics involved in the act of interpretation.

Restriction: ENGLISH 710

To complete this course students must enrol in ENGLISH 782 A and B

ENGLISH 783
15 Points

Studies in English Renaissance Drama

An advanced seminar on the intersection of literary and theatrical cultures in the English Renaissance period. Students will become acquainted with performance theories relating to the Renaissance stage, with particular attention paid to the relation between stage production and the production of meaning.

ENGLISH 785
15 Points

Directed Study

Supervised research on a topic or topics approved by the Academic Head or nominee.

ENGLISH 787
30 Points

Literature USA: from the American Renaissance to the Jazz Age

Examines a selection of classic texts and major issues in the literature of the United States from the American Renaissance of the 1840s and 1850s through to the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s.

ENGLISH 792
45 Points

ENGLISH 792A
22.5 Points

ENGLISH 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in ENGLISH 792 A and B, or ENGLISH 792

ENGLISH 793A
45 Points

ENGLISH 793B
45 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in English with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in ENGLISH 793 A and B

ENGLISH 796A
60 Points

ENGLISH 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in English with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in ENGLISH 796 A and B

ENGLISH 797A
60 Points

ENGLISH 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in English with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in ENGLISH 797 A and B

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