RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 011 Literature, Philosophy and the Visual Arts in Classic Modernism: Picasso, Nietzsche, Eliot
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The period of Classic Modernism, extending from the 1870s to the 1950s, initiated a truly radical challenge to traditional representational forms in literature, the visual arts, and philosophy. The mimetic project, or the idea that art must provide an increasingly accurate and complex picture of the world at large, collapsed. In place of this venerable commitment, artists, writers, and thinkers sought innovative and often threatening engagements with their material. What we understand as the “avant-garde” describes the practices of attack, repudiation, even destruction that characterized the production of culture in this period.

At the same time, a re-discovery of “tradition” in the art and thought of the past accompanied the most radical experiments. Ideas concerning the value of tradition, its contemporary relevance, and even its necessity were explored. This course will probe the intricate relation between tradition and radical innovation in the early avant-garde. Our major reference points in this interdisciplinary course will be the painting of Picasso, the poetry of T.S. Eliot, and the philosophy of Nietzsche.

Henry James Daisy Miller
John Singer Sargent painting

T.S. Eliot Early poetry
Picasso The Blue and Rose periods

Gertrude Stein Picasso
Picasso Portrait of Gertrude Stein

Friedrich Nietzsche The Birth of Tragedy

Alfred Jarry Ubu Roi
Picasso The Demoiselles d’Avignon

T.S. Eliot The Waste Land
Picasso Cubism

T.S. Eliot The Four Quartets

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
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20291
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002 (SEM)
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20293
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
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22943
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WF 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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25635
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25637
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25639
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
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25641
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25643
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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37073
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012 (SEM)
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31485
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
014 (SEM)
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29191
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1RC Ugrd
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
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