Artistic Creation in Fin-de-siècle France|
Spring 2022 not offered
The end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century--the so-called fin de siècle--was a period of remarkable creative energy, production, and upheaval in France. Many of the most-recognized names in the art world were active there during that time: Debussy, Monet, Picasso, Stravinsky, Matisse, Baudelaire, Van Gogh...and many of them collaborated across media. In this course, we'll dig deep into the music, visual arts, and literature of the period, relying on contemporaneous primary sources (literature, of course, but also newspapers and popular periodicals, artists' letters and manifestos, performance reviews and notes, etc) as well as relevant secondary analyses, to get a sense of the competing energies of liberation and decadence that nourished so many remarkable and influential works of art.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
Mainly primary texts from the period: artist statements, reviews of shows and performances, etc; Banquart, Ecrivains fin-de-siècle (Gallimard 2010): collection of stories and excerpts; selections of poetry by Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Apollinaire, Mallarmé, etc.
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Several short papers which students will revise. There will be an option to write a review of a cultural artifact as well.
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PREREQS: While any student who has completed FREN 215 (with a minimum grade of B) or has placed out of FREN 215 through the placement test may sign up for this course, it is an advanced course intended for students who have already taken two courses in French beyond FREN 215 or already studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments, and class discussions will be in French. Only COL students may take this course CR/U. All others must take it for a letter grade. Students who are not admitted to the course through pre-registration are strongly encouraged to submit an enrollment request and attend the first class.
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