History | The Cultures of Modern Europe
B374 | 24714 | Ipsen


Above section carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only

This course explores history through culture. We shall look at a
series of European symbols and myths over the past two centuries.
These symbols will be literary (including poetic), musical (from
classical to popular), journalistic, cinematic, and theatrical.
Through them we shall form explore a number of historical,
political, and intellectual issues. We’ll follow a generally
chronological path, moving back and forth among the three nations,
and so also pick up a sense of some of the major events which have
formed and transformed Europe in the period. Many issues are raised
by the variety of cultural works we’ll review, including different
models for male and female behavior and for the relations between
men and women This course explores history through culture. We shall
look at a series of European symbols and myths over the past two
centuries. These symbols will be literary (including poetic),
musical (from classical to popular), journalistic, cinematic, and
theatrical. Through them we shall form explore a number of
historical, political, and intellectual issues. We’ll follow a
generally chronological path, moving back and forth among the three
nations, and so also pick up a sense of some of the major events
which have formed and transformed Europe in the period. Many issues
are raised by the variety of cultural works we’ll review, including
different models for male and female behavior and for the relations
between men and women (in Stendhal, Sand, Churchill, Chabrol, and
Kureishi); nostalgia for a fast disappearing rural world in
Wordsworth; patriotism and challenges to it in Stendhal, Italian
opera, Churchill, Silone and Rossellini; moments of national shame
in the Dreyfuss Affair and Italian Fascism; Britain dominating the
world in Kipling, Churchill, and Elgar; a British cultural
renaissance in Auden and Britten; the post-war transformation of
Rome and of Italy in De Sica and Moretti; and British values
challenged and transformed in Osborne and Kureishi. (topics may
vary.)

For a look at that previous course’s web page see:
http://www.indiana.edu/~snarlweb/e103/