ENGLI100-18B (HAM)

Telling the Story

15 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Arts


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Paper Description

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This paper will examine the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon. We will combine lectures with small group discussions, focus topic and research writing and in class tasks.
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Paper Structure

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We will look at tales in several genres: stories of heroism, chivalry, love and passion, crime and punishment, adventure, the supernatural, fantasy, space and empire.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • acquire skills in reading, writing and making arguments about stories, using a range of written and oral presentations;
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  • understand great story-telling forms of the past, and the present day;
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  • grasp ways of reading stories in their historical and cultural contexts;
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  • and develop greater understanding of the importance of stories to human creativity.
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We strongly advise you to attempt all assessment tasks in this paper. The best way to achieve a passing grade is to do all the work. If you do this you should be able to pass the paper.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1: Short Response
27 Jul 2018
4:30 PM
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
2. Assignment 2: Tutorial Seminar
  • In Class: In Tutorial
3. Assignment 3: Library Task
14 Sep 2018
4:30 PM
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
4. Assignment 4: Research Essay
11 Oct 2018
4:30 PM
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
5. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Seuss, The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (available at Bennetts)

Kirsty Gunn, Rain (Faber: available at Bennetts)

Lucas, dir. : Star Wars IV: a New Hope (widely available: a dvd is in the Main Library)

Grimm Bothers (Opie version): Red Riding Hood (course pack)

Angela Carter, "The Company of Wolves" and "Wolf-Alice" (course pack)

Bocaccio, from The Decameron, the fifth tale of the fourth day (course pack)

John Keats, "Isabella or the Pot of Basil" (course pack)

A.S.Byatt, "Raw Material" (course pack)

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Recommended Readings

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Booker, Christopher, Seven Basic Plots (2004)

Boyd, Brian. On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction (2009): avioable in the Library and as an ebook at: https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.waikato.ac.nz/lib/waikato/detail.action?docID=3300840

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Other Resources

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Recommendations for extra reading will be posted through the semester.
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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site.

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The expected workload for this paper is 9 hours per week (3 hours of teaching and 6 hours of self-directed study) throughout the 17 week semester.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ENGL104

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