Léon Carré: Tarot of the 1001 Nights
Welcome to 139.329: Advanced Fiction Writing (Distance and Internal).
This year, 2017, the course will be taught by Dr Jack Ross (course coordinator) with the help of a guest speaker or two (to be announced).
I'd like to invite one (or more!) of you to become a student representative for the paper. You can now register for this online at https://www.asa.ac.nz/class-advocates. For further information, please contact your Student Advocacy Coordinator Penny Lyall.
Here's some official information about the course, from the Massey University website:
Advanced Fiction Writing
An exploration of the poetics – and politics – of experimentation and subversion in contemporary fiction and metafiction. As well as analysing the work (both creative and critical) of major practitioners and theorists, students will compose their own stories to demonstrate their understanding of the field.
Pre and co requisites:
Prerequisites: Any 200 level paper.
Internal & Extramural
Partially Taught Online
Dr. Jack Ross
School of English and Media Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Atrium Building Level L2.32
Phone: 414 0800 x 43338
Teaching Timetable (internal only):
The timetable for lectures, laboratories, and tutorials can be found at http://publictimetable.massey.ac.nz/
Learning Outcomes [LO]:
Students who successfully complete this paper should be able to:
Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the paper is delivered.
- Compose stories which draw on the theories and techniques of major contemporary writers of fiction and metafiction.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the larger role of subversion and experimentation in modern literary fiction.
- Reflect on the social, political and philosophical implications of such models of fictional praxis both in Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally.
- Respond acutely and critically to published texts and to the work of their peers.
The course is framed around the classic Eastern story-collection The Thousand and One Nights. By examining the variations on story-telling contained within it, as well as the responses it has elicited from contemporary critics and fiction-writers, you will be encouraged to see the continuities within narrative conventions, ancient and modern. The focus throughout will be on adding to your battery of theoretical and practical skills as a practising writer, so you will be asked to compile a portfolio of creative work, as well as writing a short critical essay.
Internal Assessment: 100%.
Description of Assessment Activities:
Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the paper is delivered.
- Title: Exercises (LO 1, 2, 4)
- Title: Essay (LO 2, 3, 4)
- Title: Portfolio (LO 1, 2, 3)
Due Dates / Deadlines:
Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Paper.
Penalties for late assignment submission:
Two percentage marks deducted per day. After one week your marker may refuse to receive it. It will receive no comments if it is more than a week late without prior arrangement.
Any specific requirements for passing the paper:
Heller-Roazen, Daniel, ed. The Arabian Nights. The Husain Haddawy Translation Based on the Text Edited by Muhsin Mahdi: Contexts, Criticism. 1990 & 1995. A Norton Critical Edition. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010.
Departmental Book of Readings, available online from the course Stream site, or from Student Notes on the various campuses.