Cultural Studies course on Aotearoa New Zealand dealing with a wide
range of objects of study, referred to as cultural texts: film, poetry, music videos,
media reportage, prose fiction, and television.  Texts include: films The Piano,
Disney's Moana, Once Were Warriors, and The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, short stories by
Katherine Mansfield, poetry by C.K. Stead, Fleur Adcock and others, novel The Whale Rider
by Witi Ihimaera, and the films What We Do in the Shadows and (possibly) Thor: Ragnarok,
directed by Taika Waititi.

This course will start from the premiere of Brian Aldiss's seminal
critical works. Billion Year Spree and Trillion Year Spree Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
The texts of the science fiction and fantasy canons are becoming more and more
popular.   The texts under consideration take a look at the contemporary moment,
to undertake a review of the genesis of the Gothic and Gothic genres Fiction and fantasy
to new political ends in the contemporary world.  Examples include: Frankenstein,
Dracula, the short stories of M R James and H P Lovecraft, Tolkien's The Hobbit, Terry
Pratchett's Amazing Maurice, Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber, classic New Space opera The
State of the Art by Iain M. Banks, New Weird fiction from Looking For Jake by China
Miéville, and the recent novels Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor, and Under the Pendulum Sun by
Jeannette Ng.

This course explores contemporary British culture through cultural
texts dealing with a range of political and cultural concerns.   Our core
question for this course is: What does each cultural text say about its
culture? The course wants to situate its chosen case studies through questions such
as: 1) Are cultural texts merely reflections of their moment? 2) To what extent do they
offer critical perspectives on their time? 3) How much do cultural texts provide an escape
from everyday life for their audience? 4) To what extent can cultural texts confront
difficult social issues?  Cultural texts include: Selections of poems dealing
with Black British experiences, Enoch Powell's infamous 'Rivers of Blood' speech, the
gangster film The Long Good Friday, public information films of the 1980s, the comic book
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, Sarah Kane's transgressive and controversial
plays, the films Trainspotting, Bridget Jones's Diary, Dead Man's Shoes, Harry Brown, the
Cornetto Trilogy by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, the controversial satire Four Lions
directed by Chris Morris, and a variety of British music videos, and other types of
texts.