English R1B

Reading and Composition: The Literature of Aotearoa/New Zealand

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
2 Summer 2020 Sutton, Emily
TWTh 4-6 C


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 the culture and literature of New Zealand. We will work our way from the canonical modernism of Katherine Mansfield to the contemporary comedy of Flight of the Conchords while exploring questions of national identity and what it means to read New Zealand writing in an American context.  

The primary writing assignments for this course will be a shorter analytic essay that will build on your existing skills and a longer research essay that will focus on integrating secondary sources into your own writing. Both of these papers will be developed through a series of shorter exercises and revisions. You will be encouraged to think carefully not only about your own writing and the texts on our syllabus, but also the work of your classmates.

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