RCHUMS 290 - The Experience of Arts and Ideas in the Twentieth Century
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This seminar examines the role of five cities during the early part of the Twentieth Century—Vienna, Paris, Berlin, London and New York—in facilitating modernist experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration. With their infrastructure of coffeehouses, literary salons, publishing studio and performance spaces, these cities provided gathering places for creative minds to meet, collaborate and compete. Key personalities such as Herwarth Walden and Louis Aragon were charismatic spokespeople for new ideas and the home of Berta Pappenheim, the Woolf sisters and A’Leila Walker became cultural epicenters for artists to explored questions of aesthetics, identity, modernity, and the role of art. As a group, we will study turn-of-the Century Vienna (Schnitzler, Freud, Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, Schoenberg), Expressionists in Weimar Berlin (Walden, Lasker-Schüler, Benn), Bloomsbury group in London (Woolf, Strachey, Bell, Grant), Surrealists in Paris (Aragon, Breton, Man Ray, Brassai, Dali) and the Harlem Renaissance in New York (Hughes, Walker, DuBois, Hurston). In smaller groups, students will study other urban centers of their choice.

Course Requirements:

Course grades are based on class participation (20%), including hosting a literary salon, 5 exams (50%), oral presentation (10%) and final paper (20%).

RCHUMS 290 - The Experience of Arts and Ideas in the Twentieth Century
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001 (SEM)
15RC Ugrd
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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