History | B366 2752 Paris-Berlin 1920's Cultural Hist 2:30-3:45P WH101 Pace
B366 | 2752 | Pace A

	A portion of the above section reserved for majors
	Above section carries culture studies credit
	Above section meets with WEUR W405 and W605
Between the end of the First World War and Hitler's seizure of power there
occurred in Paris and Berlin a cultural explosion that altered our notions
of art and reality and that have shaped our way of viewing the world ever
since.  Using in-class films and images extensively augmented by original
sources on the internet, we will explore this era, focusing on the artists
and intellectuals who produced this rich cultural heritage.  In the first
part of the course we will consider the pre-1914 experiments of French
artists such as Henri Rousseau and Eric Satie, the assault of Dadist and
Surrealists on Western concepts of reality, and the theater of Antonin
Artaud.  Next we will move to Berlin to study the impact of the First World
War on German culture, the development of Expressionism in painting and
film, the new architecture of the Bauhaus, the radical cultural experiments
of figures such as George Grosz and Bertolt Brecht, the politicization of
German culture, and the final victory of Nazi art.  In the third section of
the course we return to Paris to see the role that the American expatriates
of the 1920s played in all of this creativity, focusing on John Dos Passos,
Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and Henry Miller.

At the end of each section of the course there will be a take-home exam, as
well as several smaller assignments.  In addition to their individual work,
students will work in teams to explore images and texts from the period.
Students without a strong grounding in modern culture are encouraged to take
the course, since they should emerge with a good understanding of some of
the most important aspects of twentieth century culture.  Those who already
have some knowledge of the topic should be able to expand and deepen their
grasp of the period, and all students will have been able to experience at
first hand the vibrant writing, films and images of the period.

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