Faculty of Arts


New Zealand Literature


Offers an historical survey of major writers and key issues in New Zealand literature. Students will not only read some of the best writing our country has to offer but will develop, through the literature studied, a richly detailed overview of New Zealand experience from the period of first contact until now.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for ENGLISH 221.

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


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Alex Calder


FE Maning, Old New Zealand and Other Writings (Continuum or e-text)

"Maoriland" writers: selection provided on Canvas

Katherine Mansfield, Selected Stories (Oxford World Classics or e-text)

Frank Sargeson, The Stories of Frank Sargeson (Cape Catley)

Robin Hyde, Passport to Hell (AUP)

Bruce Mason, Awatea (VUP) (e-text)

Hone Kouka, Wairoa (Huia)

Witi Ihimaera, Bulibasha (Reed)

Maurice Gee, Plumb (Faber)

C.K. Stead, All Visitors Ashore (Godwit)

Janet Frame, Living in the Maniototo (Hutchinson) 

Allen Curnow and other poets (e-texts, and selection provided on Canvas)

Recommended Reading

Terry Sturm ed. The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature, 2nd ed. (Auckland: OUP, 1998)

Patrick Evans, The Long Forgetting (Christchurch: Canterbury University Press, 2008)

Alex Calder, The Settler’s Plot: How Stories Take Place In New Zealand (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2011)

John Newton, Hard Frost: Structures of Feeling in New Zealand Literature, 1908-1945, (Victoria University Press, 2017).


Coursework + exam


ENGLISH 221: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage I in English



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