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ENGL469 Writing Revolutions: How Modernism Changed the World

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 (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302

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.

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.


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.
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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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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system


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