Pacific Literature in English

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for ENGLISH 204.


An introduction to contemporary Pacific Literature exploring texts from canonical Pacific writers to spoken word performance poets. Texts will be examined in light of recent theories in Indigenous Writing Studies, with a focus on crossings of cultural and creative borders, diaspora and identity.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for ENGLISH 204.

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 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh



Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English, Mauri Ola II. (Eds,Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri, Robert Sullivan, Honolulu: University of Hawai’iPress, 2010).Young

Adult Fiction:

Trilogy by Lani Wendt Young

Short Stories:

  • Black Marks on the White Page. (Ed. Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti, Penguin Random House, 2017.)
  • Niu Voices. (Ed. Selina Tusitala Marsh. Wellington, N.Z. : Huia, 2006). Excerpts made available. 


ENGLISH 204: 15 points


30 points at Stage I in English, or 15 points at Stage I in English and PACIFIC 100