English literature

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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.

Undergraduate information

English literature major requirements

  1. 40 points from ENGL 100–199
  2. ENGL 201; 20 points from ENGL 200–299, 20 further points from ENGL 200-299, CREW 200-299, THEA 205, 211
  3. 20 points from ENGL 300–329; 40 further points from ENGL 300–399, THEA 305

Postgraduate information

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.

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List of courses

English Literature courses are taught within the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies. The School office is located on Level 8, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn campus.

Please note: the list of courses displays undergraduate– and postgraduate–level courses for this subject.

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