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ENGL469 A Topic in Modernism

Modernism was a global movement that dramatically changed how literature was written and read from London to Los Angeles, Beijing to Buenos Aires, Moscow to Munich, Austria to Auckland, Paris to St Petersburg, Cairo to Kolkata. Modernists sought radically new ways of writing, partly in response to new modes of travel and communication that seemed every day to bring new encounters with different languages and cultures. Yet modernism is still often taught in English departments as if it were merely the product of a few talented British, American and Irish writers. Global Modernism seeks instead to address the geographical and temporal reach of diverse modernist practices and to understand modernist innovation in the context of what we would today call globalisation.

Paper title A Topic in Modernism
Paper code ENGL469
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,174.57
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
Eligibility
A degree in English with a B+ average at 300-level is the usual requirement for entry into 400-level English papers. However, Global Modernism also welcomes and encourages the enrolment of students with an equivalent background in other relevant disciplines, such as history, art history, film and media or the literature of a language other than English.
Contact
jacob.edmond@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convener and Lecturer: Associate Professor Jacob Edmond
Teaching Arrangements
A weekly 2-hour seminar with a focus on facilitated discussion involving all students.
Textbooks
All readings will be made available electronically via Blackboard. Texts in languages other than English will be taught in translation, though students with knowledge of another language are encouraged to draw on their expertise, where relevant.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the paper Global Modernism, students will be able to:
  • Critically reflect on the aesthetic, linguistic and geographic range of modernist practices from the 19th century to today
  • Analyse a range of modernist texts in relation to changes in media, technology, economics and geopolitics
  • Use examples from modernist texts to theorise about the nature of cultural globalisation historically and today

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Timetable

Not offered in 2022

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Studies how modernism’s new ways of writing address global social, cultural, and political change. Explores Aotearoa/New Zealand connections to this creative revolution and its implications for understanding the world today.

Modernism involved a series of creative revolutions that dramatically changed how literature was written from Austria to Aotearoa, Beijing to Buenos Aires, Cairo to Kolkata, London to Los Angeles, Moscow to Munich, Suva to St Lucia. Through news ways of writing, modernists addressed and helped shape global social, cultural, and political change.
 
Rejecting the view that modernism was merely the product of a few talented British, American, and Irish writers, Writing Revolutions: How Modernism Changed the World addresses the geographical, temporal, and cultural diversity of modernism’s creative revolutions and their implications for understanding the world today.

Paper title Writing Revolutions: How Modernism Changed the World
Paper code ENGL469
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
Eligibility

A degree in English with a B+ average at 300-level is the usual requirement for entry into 400-level English papers. However, Writing Revolutions also welcomes and encourages the enrolment of students with an equivalent background in other relevant disciplines, such as history, art history, film and media or the literature of a language other than English.

Contact
jacob.edmond@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Convener and Lecturer: Professor Jacob Edmond

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

Teaching and  learning will centre around a weekly 2-hour seminar with a focus on facilitated discussion involving all students.

Students will also engage in online collaborative research, such as the construction of a collective research blog. In addition to Blackboard, the paper will utilize a social media platform, such as Facebook, to facilitate regular discussion, sharing of ideas, and collaboration. Arrangements will also be made for regular one-on-one meetings between students and the convener to discuss individual research projects.

When the paper is taught in distance mode, seminars will be run online through Zoom or a similar platform. Students will be expected to attend each online seminar regardless of location. For students in Dunedin, some classes may still be offered face-to-face, even when the paper is in distance mode.

Textbooks

All readings will be made available electronically. Texts in languages other than English will be taught in translation, though students with knowledge of another language are encouraged to draw on their expertise, where relevant.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

On completion of the paper Writing Revolutions, you will be able to:

• Understand and apply key concepts, questions, and approaches in contemporary scholarship on modernism, world literature, comparative literature, globalization, trans-Indigenous studies, and related fields;
• Critically analyze these concepts, questions, and approaches in relation to a range of examples;
• Develop your own understandings and theories about modernist practices;
• Work collaboratively on the design, implementation, presentation, and writing up of a group research project;
• Carry out an independent research project;
• Give and receive feedback on written work in a supportive and constructive manner.

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 12:00-13:50 9-14, 16, 18-22, 28-34, 41