In this course, we will read a wide range of documents and critical essays related to the question of the avant-garde in twentieth-century artistic, literary, and social movements. We will examine the various sources and contexts of the concept of the avant-garde, and trace its dynamic global movements and local expressions. All readings will be in English, but participants will be encouraged to undertake research that may engage materials written in a different original language.
A central component of the seminar is for the participants to develop a preliminary research project during the semester. This will involve bibliographical research, presentations, and the development of a research paper.
Evaluation will be based on regular and active class participation, contributions to discussion through CTools, and progress toward a research project.