Comparative Literature | 20th Century: Tradition and Change
C337 | 28183 | C. Delourme

3 cr
Meets TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Fulfills A&H and CS Distribution Credit

One of the hallmarks of twentieth-century art is its acute self-
awareness, displayed through a variety of modes and tones. We will
start by considering some expressions of this reflexiveness in
paintings from the first half of the century and then turn to its
expressions in the following texts: Virginia Woolf's To the
Lighthouse, Andre Gide's The Counterfeiters, Samuel Beckett's
Endgame, and Italo Calvino's If on a Winterís Night a Traveler. In
the light of this diachronic fresco, we will try to determine the
different modalities and stakes of the reflexive gesture: an
autotelic questioning of forms, an exploration and celebration of
creation, an ascetic or playful dismantling of literary forms to
better redefine them. Michel Foucault and Patricia Waugh will
provide a theoretical backdrop from which to read and think about
this artistic praxis.

Written work: two short papers and a take-home final