West European Studies | Literature-Arts and Their Relationship
W406 | 4193 | Maiorino

Prof G. Maiorino   4:30-6:30p   M   BH 345
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This interdisciplinary course focuses on literature, painting,
sculpture, architecture, and the history of ideas.  The thematic
focus of the course is on the concept of exhaustion, as it found
expression in the aesthetics of ruins, fragmentation, posthumousness,
and the end of art.  Attention is paid to the techniques of open-
endedness, collage, pastiche, and bricolage, as formal expressions of
such an artistic mindset. Among the writers and artists covered are
Beckett, Giacometti, Pirandello, Borges, Calvino, Eco, Cioran, Barth,
Jasper Johns, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Hans Hollein, Charles
Moore, Bernard Tschumi, Gehry, and Isozaki.  Attention is also paid
to comparisons between pre-modern and post-modern, especially with
regard to Mannerism and Neo-Mannerism.