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ENGL469 A Topic in Modernism

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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
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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, 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.
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.
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.
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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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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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