History | Paris-Berlin 1920's Cultural History
B366 | 2654 | Pace

TR 2:30P-3:45P WH101

Above section carries culture studies credit.  A portion of the above
section reserved for majors. Above section meets with WEUR W405 & W605

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 have shaped our way of viewing the world ever
since.  Using films, images, and original sources, we will explore this
era, focusing on the artists and intellectuals who produced this rich
cultural heritage.  In the first part of the course we will consider the
pre-1914 experiments of French artists such  as Henri Rousseau and Eric
Satie, the assault of  Dadaist and Surrealists on Western concepts of
reality, and the theater  of Antonin Artaud.  Next we will 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
Bauhaus, the radical cultural experiments of figures such as George Grosz
and Bertolt Brecht, the politicization of German Culture, and the final
victor of Nazi art.  In the third section of the course we return to Paris
to see the role that the American expatriates of the 1920's played in all
of this creativity, focusing on John dos Passos, Gertrude Stein, Ernest
Hemingway, and Henry Miller.

At the end of each section of the course there will be a take-home exam,
as well as several smaller assignments.  Students without a strong
grounding in modern culture are encouraged to take the course, since they
should emerge with a good understanding of some of the most important
aspects of twentieth century culture.  Those who already have some
knowledge of the topic should be able to expand and deepen their grasp of
the period, and all students will have been able to experience at first
hand the vibrant books, films and images of the period.

For more information on this course, please check the course website at:
http://www.indiana.edu/ ~pb20s