RCHUMS 318 - Critical Approaches to Literature
Section: 001 Classic Modernism: Art, Philosophy, Myth
Term: WN 2009
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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May be repeated for credit.
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The period of classic modernism in the first half of the 20th century saw an extraordinary outpouring of artistic and critical activity, much of it experimental and avant-garde in nature, entailing a radical break with the past. A finely articulated body of critical thought emerged that emphasized the autonomy of the work, its self-sufficiency and even indifference to other areas of human endeavor, such as philosophy or religion. The defining gesture was the “self-reflexive turn” – the work’s centripetal reference to the materials and means of its own making. At the same time, modernist artists turned to sources located deeply within the western tradition: the myths of Dionysus and Orpheus; Greek sculpture; Pre-Socratic philosophy and its quest for essential Being. This course will examine the convergence in literature and the visual arts of the heritage of Greece and modernist aesthetic radicalism.
Literature: Thomas Mann, Death in Venice; Rainer Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus; Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse; William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying; Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot. Visual arts: Wassily Kandinsky; Henry Moore; Barbara Hepworth; Jackson Pollock; Frank Stella.

RCHUMS 318 - Critical Approaches to Literature
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
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