RCHUMS 290 - The Experience of Arts and Ideas in the Twentieth Century
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This seminar focuses on cities as the birthplace, testing- and battleground for new art forms and ideas. Cities have always been magnets for creative minds to congregate, collaborate and compete. Literary and artistic movements often become associated with the cities in which they flourished. Consider, for example, the Bloomsbury Group in London, Berlin during the Weimar Republic, the Left Bank milieu of Paris, New York and the Harlem Renaissance, and the Beat Generation in San Francisco. By examining how writers, painters, photographers and filmmakers have depicted cities through the verbal and visual arts, we can trace the major intellectual, literary and artistic trends of the last century. We begin with the assumption that cities are an expression of the collective and individual experiences they embody. Representations of urban space and experience reflect the aspirations and fears, accomplishments and failures, of a particular time and place. Beginning with concurrent expressions of modernist sensibility and avant-garde technique in Paris, Berlin, London and New York at the beginning of the last century, we go on to examine how these aesthetic parameters, as expressed through the image of the city, changed throughout the century, reflecting new social, political and economic conditions.

RCHUMS 290 - The Experience of Arts and Ideas in the Twentieth Century
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001 (SEM)
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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