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Looking at ways in which visual art and literature represent and explore aspects of identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand, this course provides an introduction to studying New Zealand’s multicultural heritage of visual art and literature.
Based on the idea of culture as the expression of people’s creative and interpretative responses to their environments, it introduces ways of interpreting and analysing art and literature.
The course focuses on a selection of work by New Zealand writers and artists, including Māori and Pasifika. You will learn how to compare a variety of texts (poems, paintings) from different times (for example, contemporary, colonial, pre-European contact). The course considers points of intersection between literature and art, for example Ralph Hotere and Hone Tuwhare; Colin McCahon and James K Baxter; Robyn Kahukiwa and Patricia Grace. You will develop the skills to interpret and analyse literature and art, as well as understand how art and literature are used to explore and communicate our various ideas about being New Zealanders.
Before enrolling in this course you need to: