History | The Cultures of Modern Europe
B374 | 27343 | Ipsen

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class for undergraduates and Education MAs only
Above class carries Culture Studies credit

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. Well 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 well 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.)