139.139 Introduction to English Studies
An exploration of the nature and functions of literary texts and the ways in which they are invested with meaning. We model the practice of reading literary texts, and processes of writing critically about them. 139.139 is a compulsory paper for students majoring in English.
- A selection of contemporary poetry
- A selection of short stories
- Briar Grace-Smith's Haruru Mai
- Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist
139.255 Critical Periods in Aotearoa/New Zealand Literature
An introduction to New Zealand's literary history, focusing on the "critical periods" of Maoriland (1880s-1910s), Cultural Nationalism (1930s-50s), and the Māori Renaissance (1970s-80s).
- Short stories from each period, including A. A. .Grace, Katherine Mansfield, Frank Sargeson, Greville Texidor, Patricia Grace, and Witi Ihimaera
- Poetry from each period, including Allen Curnow, Robin Hyde, Apirana Taylor, and Hone Tuwhare
- John Mulgan's Man Alone
- Keri Hulme's the bone people
139.307 Territory, Modernity, and Victorian Literature
An advanced introduction to Victorian literature, highlighting the engagement by nineteenth century writers with questions of liberalism, democratisation, and the expansion of the British empire.
- Alfred Tennyson's In Memoriam
- Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South
- Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native
- H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines
- Robert Louis Stevenson's “The Beach of Falesá” and The Ebb-Tide