History | Colloq-Cultural History
H680 | 3031 | Shore


Above section open to majors only
Above section meets with HIST H620, H645, H745 AND CULS C701

TOPIC:  COSMOPOLITANISM AND THE AVANT-GARDE, 1900-1939

This course will explore European cultural and intellectual history
from the fin-de-siècle through the interwar years.  The primary
focus will be East-Central Europe, although there will be readings
on Western Europe and the Russian empire/Soviet Union as well.
Topics include Isaac Deutscher’s notion of the “non-Jewish Jew;”
tensions between cosmopolitanism and national identity; literary and
linguistic avant-garde movements including formalism, structuralism,
dada, futurism, semiotics, "trans-sense" poetry; and the avant-
gardists' respective ideological, aesthetic, and linguistic programs
as they responded to a polarizing political spectrum and a perceived
crisis of modernity, to a sense of Europe at the brink of both
catastrophe and infinite possibilities, to the Russian Revolution
and the rise of fascism, to nihilism and revolution.   Can be taken
for seminar credit with the permission of the instructor.