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Undergraduate Course: South Seas Tales: Literature and Empire in Oceania (ENLI10337)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will explore a range of colonial and postcolonial writing of the Pacific region, beginning with a consideration of the inscription and contestation of Romantic stereotypes of the Pacific in Euro-American literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Later sections of the course explore (inter alia) the intertwined discourses of tourism and militarism in the Pacific following the Second World War, which witnessed the establishment of American, British and French nuclear testing facilities across the region; and the ways in which various indigenous Pacific writers bear testament to their 'living histories' by invoking Oceanian oral and written histories, narratives, cultural practices, and forms of resistance against new imperialisms in the region.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  15
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information one hour(s) per week for 10 weeks: attendance at Autonomous Learning Group at times to be arranged.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, through contributions to group discussion, independent reading, and assessed and non-assessed work, students will be able to:

-Identify dominant tropes in Euro-American discursive representations of Pacific Islanders from the late eighteenth century to the present day, and analyse contestations of these tropes in both Euro-American and indigenous Pacific writing

-Achieve an understanding of the complexities of indigenous Pacific creative expression, considering it not merely as a form of 'writing back' against imperialism but rather (or additionally) as firmly rooted in indigenous Pacific cultural traditions

-Articulate (in written and oral forms) a considered, informed sense of the breadth and range of Pacific writing, theory and contexts, as well as situating Pacific writing within the broader theoretical context of international postcolonial studies and ecocriticism

-Develop a critical vocabulary for analysing a range of creative forms including narrative, performance and 'spoken word' poetry, film, and music
Assessment Information
One course essay of 2,500 words (worth 25% of overall course mark)

and one take-home exam essay of 3,000 words (worth 75% of overall course mark).
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Week 1. Herman Melville: Typee; extract from Rod Edmond's Representing the South Pacific.

Week 2. Robert Louis Stevenson: South Sea Tales (including 'In the South Seas'; 'The Bottle Imp'; 'The Isle of Voices' and 'The Beach of Falesá').

Week 3. Jack London: 'Ko'olau the Leper', 'The Terrible Solomons' and 'The Red One'.

Week 4. Albert Wendt: Leaves of the Banyan Tree; 'Towards a New Oceania' and poems from 'Inside Us the Dead'.

Week 5. Antinuclear and feminist poetry and prose: Sia Figiel: 'Songs of the Fat Brown Woman'; Selina Tusitala Marsh, poetry from 'Fast Talking PI'; Déwé Gorodé, 'Wave-Song' and 'Zone Interdite'; Hone Tuwhare, 'No Ordinary Sun'; Joe Balaz, 'Da Last Squid'; excerpt from Robert Barlay's Melal: A Novel of the Pacific.

Week 6. Epeli Hau'ofa, Tales of the Tikongs.

Week 7. Keri Hulme: The Bone People; selected poems and prose.


Week 9. Patricia Grace: Potiki, 'Parade' and 'Journey'; Witi Ihimaera, 'The Whale'.

Week 10. Alan Duff: Once Were Warriors;
Film: L. Tamahori (dir), Once Were Warriors (1994).

Week 11. Contemporary Pacific creative forms: poetry (including Samuel Cruickshank's 'Urban Iwi' and Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard's 'Saa Nafanuaa') and episodes from the animated comedy series Bro' Town.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list See 'syllabus' above
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsOceania; Pacific; militarism; tourism; empire; postcolonialism
Course organiserDr Michelle Keown
Tel: (0131 6)50 6856
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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