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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Writing Revolutions: How Modernism Changed the World
    Subject English
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    72 300-level ENGL points

    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 third-year English students and 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.  For all inquiries, please contact the paper convener in the first instance.

    Teaching staff

    Convener and Lecturer: Professor Jacob Edmond

    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught both in person and remotely via Distance Learning.

    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. The paper will utilise a social media platform, such as Facebook, to facilitate regular discussion, sharing of ideas, and collaboration. Arrangements will also be made for one-on-one meetings between students and the convener to discuss individual research projects.

    All classes will be run both in person on the Dunedin campus and online via Zoom. Students will be expected to attend each seminar regardless of location.


    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, globalisation, trans-Indigenous studies, and related fields
    • Critically analyse 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 team research project
    • Carry out an independent research project
    • Give and receive feedback on written work in a supportive and constructive manner


    Semester 2

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

    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
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