Literature and the Contemporary


Constitutes a wide-ranging study of literatures in English in different forms and media in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Themes studied may include modernity/postmodernity, diaspora, gender relations, sexuality, cross-cultural contacts, memory, film adaptation, war and ecological crisis. Works will be examined in the context of key historical events and cultural movements.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for ENGLISH 101.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2022

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Professor Erin Carlston


Prescribed reading is likely to include:

  1. Albert Belz, Awhi Tapu (2006); bookshop
  2. Arnold Bennett, “His Worship the Goosedriver,” from Tales of the Five Towns (1905); coursebook; also available as audiobook
  3. Don DeLillo, White Noise (1985); bookshop
  4. Bill Manhire, “The Brain of Katherine Mansfield” (1988); link on Canvas
  5. Katherine Mansfield, selected short stories; coursebook
  6. Christopher Nolan (dir.), Memento (2000); to be screened for the whole class.
  7. Virginia Woolf, “Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown” (1923); coursebook
  8. Virginia Woolf, To The Lighthouse (1927); bookshop

Recommended Reading

Additional readings may be recommended during the semester and will be added to the course outline.


Coursework + exam


ENGLISH 101: 15 points