RCHUMS 290 - The Experience of Arts and Ideas in the Twentieth Century
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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May not be repeated for credit.
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In this seminar, we will be focusing on creative moments in the Twentieth Century when particular cities provided the stage for interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration between literature, the visual and performing arts. Fin-de-Siècle Vienna, Interwar Paris and Berlin and Postwar New York were cosmopolitan havens for artists and thinkers, nurturing collaborative experimentation that transcended national boundaries. As we discuss the cross-pollination of ideas across the disciplines, we will consider how the urban environment functioned as a laboratory for experimentation. An infrastructure of cafés, salons, bars, studio spaces, galleries, theaters, publishing houses and neighborhoods offered gathering places for creative minds to meet, share, and compete. We will also observe how experiential aspects of urban experience — simultaneity, chance, speed, heightened emotional life, detachment, rationalization — were transformed into literary-artistic themes and stylistic devices. These are the threads that move us from Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler and Gustav Klimt in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna through to Frank O’Hara, Jackson Pollack and Charlie Parker New York in the 1950s.

RCHUMS 290 - The Experience of Arts and Ideas in the Twentieth Century
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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