ENGLI100-21A (HAM)

Telling the Story

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
English

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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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 combine lectures with small group discussions, focus topics and research writing, and in class and tutorial-based 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 paper 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
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  • grasp ways of reading stories in their historical and cultural contexts;
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  • develop greater understanding of the importance of the affect of powerful stories to human creativity.
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Assessment

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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
19 Mar 2021
11:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 2: Tutorial Seminar
15
  • In Class: In Tutorial
3. Assignment 3: Library Task
7 May 2021
11:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 4: Research Essay
4 Jun 2021
11:30 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. On line Test {date to be confirmed}
40
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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 (Harper Collins: available at Campus Books)

Lucas, dir. : Star Wars IV: a New Hope (there is a version in the Etv database)

Grimm Bothers (Perrault version): "Little Red Riding Hood" (a copy of this will be made available to you).

Carter, Angela, "The Company of Wolves" from The Bloody Chamber (a copy of this will be made available to you)

Mitchell, Stephen. trans. Gilgamesh (Profile) available at Campus Books

Christie, Agatha, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Harper Collins: available at Campus Books.)

Kirsty Gunn, Rain (Faber: available at Campus Books)

Gaiman, Neil, "The thing about Cassandra", from Trigger Warnings ( a copy of this will be made available to you)

Campus Books will stock The Cat in the Hat books, Gilgamesh, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, & Rain.

You may buy these anywhere else you like, such as Poppies in Casabella Lane, Browsers on Victoria Street, or put versions on your kindle, kobo &c.

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Recommended Readings

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Booker, Christopher, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories (2004)

McKee, Robert. Story : Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting. (1997) [McKee focuses on mainstream Hollywood filmmaking (such as in all the Star Wars films) but his principles apply to all media for narrative story telling.

Puchner, Martin. The Written World: How Literature Shapes History

These books are available in the Waikato Library

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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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Workload

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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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Restricted papers: ENGL104

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