History | The Cultures of Modern Europe
B300 | 2978 | ips

A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only

This course explores history through culture. We shall look at a
series of European symbols and myths over the past two centuries.
These symbols will be literary (including poetic), musical (from
classical to popular), journalistic, cinematic, and theatrical.
Through them we shall explore a number of historical, political, and
intellectual issues. We’ll follow a generally chronological path,
moving back and forth among the three nations, and so also pick up a
sense of some of the major events which have formed and transformed
Europe in the period. Many issues are raised by the variety of
cultural works we’ll review, including different models for male and
female behavior and for the relations between men and women (in
Stendhal, Sand, Churchill, Chabrol, and Kureishi); nostalgia for a
fast disappearing rural world in Wordsworth; patriotism and
challenges to it in Stendhal, Italian opera, Churchill, Silone and
Rossellini; moments of national shame in the Dreyfuss Affair and
Italian Fascism; Britain dominating the world in Kipling, Churchill,
and Elgar; a British cultural renaissance in Auden and Britten; the
post-war transformation of Rome and of Italy in De Sica and Moretti;
and British values challenged and transformed in Osborne and
Kureishi. (topics may vary.)  Students who have taken Professor
Ipsen’s E103: Modern European Culture and National Identity (for
which The Cultures of Modern Europe is a replacement) may not enroll
in this course.

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