Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2013 academic year unless otherwise specified.
On this page:
- Undergraduate Information
- Postgraduate Information
- How to Find out More
- Related Subjects and Careers
- List of Courses
This subject is taught by the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies.
Victoria offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with one of New Zealand's widest ranges of courses in English Literature from Old English to the present day, and literature in English from New Zealand, the Pacific and America. Our courses take an equally wide range of approaches to the study of these texts, using both traditional and contemporary critical methods, and placing them in a variety of literary, historical and cultural contexts.
Studying English Literature gives you access to one of the world's richest cultural traditions. At the heart of all our courses are the skills of advanced reading and writing: we aim to help you to read with greater attention, appreciation and enjoyment, and to express your responses and thinking with more precision, and to discover the excitements and challenges of independent literary research.
BA Major Requirements
- 20 points from ENGL 100–199; 20 further points from ENGL, FILM, MDIA, or THEA 100–199
- ENGL 201; 40 further points from ENGL 200–299
- 20 points from ENGL 300–329; 40 further points from ENGL 300–399
Postgraduate Qualifications in English Literature
For information specific to English Literature, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.
- Graduate Diploma in Arts
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours
- Master of Arts
- Master of Arts in New Zealand Literature
You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.
Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.
Contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.
English Literature courses are taught within the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies.
English Reception: Level 8, von Zedlitz Building.
Related Subjects and Careers
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List of Courses
For a complete course listing, see the list of all English Literature courses.
|On this page:|
|100 Level Courses|
ENGL 111 – Past Masters
ENGL 114 – Introduction to Literary Form
ENGL 116 – Reading Shakespeare: An Introduction
ENGL 117 – Introduction to Narrative
|200 Level Courses|
ENGL 201 – Sea Changes: A History of English Literature
ENGL 208 – Shakespeare
ENGL 209 – The Novel
ENGL 214 – The Chivalric Quest from Chaucer to Spenser
ENGL 215 – Old English Literature
ENGL 221 – Classic Theatre
ENGL 225 – Classical Traditions in English Literature
ENGL 228 – Special Topic
ENGL 229 – Special Topic
ENGL 231 – Modern Poetry
ENGL 233 – Pacific Literature
ENGL 234 – New Zealand Literature
ENGL 241 – Dramaturgy of the Real
ENGL 242 – Dramaturgies of the World
ENGL 244 – Children's Literature
ENGL 247 – Special Topic
ENGL 249 – Special Topic
|300 Level Courses|
ENGL 307 – Troy and Troilus
ENGL 308 – Renaissance Literature
ENGL 311 – Romantic Literature
ENGL 312 – Victorian Literature
ENGL 315 – Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 320 – Beowulf
ENGL 329 – Special Topic
ENGL 330 – Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 331 – New Zealand Literature
ENGL 332 – American Literature: Twentieth Century
ENGL 333 – Indigenous Writing in English
ENGL 335 – Contemporary Fiction
ENGL 341 – Dramaturgy of the Real
ENGL 342 – Dramaturgies of the World
ENGL 348 – Special Topic: Awkward Books
|400 Level Courses|
ENGL 404 – Medieval Studies: Middle English Fictions
ENGL 422 – Modern Poetry
ENGL 427 – Romantic Studies
ENGL 428 – Contemporary Fiction
ENGL 429 – Eighteenth-Century Studies
ENGL 430 – Literary Scholarship
ENGL 431 – Literary Criticism
ENGL 433 – The Culture of Modernism
ENGL 435 – The English Bible and English Literature
ENGL 441 – Special Topic
ENGL 442 – A Special Period
ENGL 443 – A Special Author: John Mulgan
ENGL 444 – Special Topic: Texts in Context
ENGL 445 – Special Topic: Poetry and Poetics
ENGL 451 – Drama and Theory
ENGL 453 – Drama and Theatre in Aotearoa New Zealand
ENGL 489 – Research Essay