Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY.
Modernism, that loose and baggy monster, is a difficult concept to define. Is it an historical period? (Where does one draw the boundaries? And what about artists and styles within that period that don't qualify?) Is it a collection of avant-garde styles? (Then what about styles--and their cultural contexts--that seem contradictory, for example, the "scientific" and empirical aspect of Impressionism versus the anti-materialist ethos of Symbolism?) Where does Realism fit in? How does World War I affect modernism? How do issues of gender, race and ethnicity intersect with it? Should we even think of modernism as a singular entity? (One recent text is titled Modernisms.)
This semester we'll address these questions and others in approaching modernism in several arts (painting, music, poetry, drama, and fiction), from different perspectives: historical, cultural (itself a diverse set of perspectives), stylistic, and social (modernist groups, leaders, confrontations).
Milton A. Cohen, *Movement, Manifesto, Melee: the Modernist Group 1910-1914* (Lexington Books)
packet of readings available at Off-Campus Books
readings on e-reserve at McDermott Library
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will give an oral report (ca. 45 minutes) and write a research paper (ca. 15 pp.). Class attendance and participation are essential.