[New Zealand Official Year-Book (1919)]

School of English and Media Studies

English 139.750:

Contemporary NZ Writers
in an International Context

The idea of this course is a very straightforward one: to take a few significant contemporary New Zealand writers and look at their work against a background of global trends and ideologies. In the case of the poetry section, the plan is to pair off each local poet with an international one. In the case of the prose, to locate each fiction writer within larger international conversations around globalization, identity, indigeneity and post-colonialism.

Administration Guide:

Poetry Pages:

Fiction Pages:

Poetry Sessions:

  1. Module 1 - Graham Lindsay / Peter Reading
    • The Notebook Process

  2. Module 2 - Michele Leggott / Susan Howe
    • In the Archives

  3. Module 3 - Ian Wedde / Derek Walcott
    • Postcolonial / Post-canonical Blues

Fiction Sessions:

  1. Text 1 - Anne Kennedy
    • The Last Days of the National Costume [2013]

  2. Text 2 - Tina Makereti
    • Where the Rekohu Bone Sings [2014]

  3. Text 3 - Alice Tawhai
    • Dark Jelly [2011]

[Atrium Building - Massey Albany]