West European Studies | Paris & Berlin in the 1920ís (3 CR)
W605 | 4456 | Prof. A. Pace


1:00-2:15p   TR   WH 101
Above Section Meets with HIST B366 and WEUR W405
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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 has shaped our way
of viewing the world ever since.  Using in-class films and images
extensively augmented by original sources on the internet, we
explore this era, focusing on the artists and intellectuals who
produced this rich cultural heritage.  In the first part of the
course we 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 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 politization 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.