Comparative Literature | Topics in Inter-Arts Studies
C655 | 1199 | Maiorino

Topic: Trends in 20th Century Arts and Literature
Prof. Maiorino    TR	  9:30-10:45	   BH 217

This interdisciplinary course will focus on literature, painting,
sculpture, architecture, and the history of ideas.  The thematic focus of
the course will be on the concept of exhaustion, as it found expression in
the aesthetics of ruins, fragmentation, posthumousness, and the end of
art.  As formal expressions of such an artistic mindset, attention will be
paid to the techniques of open-endedness, collage, pastiche, and
bricolage.  Among the writers and artists covered will be Beckett,
Giacometti, Pirandello, Borges, Calvino, Eco, Cioran, Barth, Jasper Johns,
Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Hans Hollein, Charles Moore, Bernard Tschumi,
Gehry, and Isozaki.  Attention will be paid to comparisons between
pre-modern and post-modern, especially with regard to Mannerism and