Introduction to Narrative

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Narrative

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course aims to provide students with some essential tools for the study of narrative. The primary focus is literary fiction, but examples will be drawn from a variety of genres and media for comparative purposes. Students will be introduced to distinctive aspects of narrative form and provided with a basic critical vocabulary for the accurate analysis of narrative texts.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1) understand the qualities of narrative through a range of critical and narrative texts;
    2) display familiarity with important narratological terms and concepts;
    3) develop the skills of critically focussed reading through close analysis;
    4) understand the relationship between narrative form and content;
    5) understand what is distinctive about the ways different media produce narratives;
    6) explicate the relationship between the formal features and content of selected narratives.

    critical exercise 1 (600 words)- 15%
    critical exercise 2 (600 words)- 15%
    class test- 30%
    analysis essay (1200 words maximum)- 40%

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