English R1B

Reading and Composition: The Literature of Aotearoa/New Zealand

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Fall 2019 Sutton, Emily
MWF 12-1 211 Dwinelle

Book List

Frame, Janet: Faces in the Water; Horrocks, Dylan: Hicksville; Hulme, Keri: The Bone People

Other Readings and Media

All other readings will be available on bCourses.


This course will focus first and foremost on the practice of academic writing and the skills needed to research, plan, draft and revise writing at a college level. More specifically, it stages the problem of scholarly research through an encounter with difference. While Katherine Mansfield is part of the modernist canon, New Zealand literature remains largely unread outside of New Zealand itself. Over the course of the semester we will think carefully about how we can make meaning from unfamiliar cultures and texts. We will read the canonical, and the not so canonical: Katherine Mansfield, Frank Sargeson, Janet Frame, Keri Hulme and Dylan Horrocks, as well as explore a selection of poems and the contemporary comedy of Flight of the Conchords. Through our reading of these texts we will explore the question of postcolonial national identity, with an emphasis on the way that this self-definition is complicated by race, gender and sexuality. How might we think about Maori and Pakeha/European literary traditions in relation to one another? We will also think about the place of New Zealand in the world—whether it be Hulme's winning the Booker Prize or the international success of Flight of the Conchords—and what it means to read New Zealand writing in an American context.

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