Text and Context: Readings in Modern Europe|
Fall 2009 not offered
This seminar is designed to familiarize students with the use of primary documents as historical sources. We will explore a wide variety of texts (literature, philosophy, art, film) from 20th-century Europe and then contextualize them by placing them in their specific milieu. Case studies could include texts such as a short story from Ian Fleming's JAMES BOND series in the context of post-World War II Europe or Picasso's GUERNICA in the context of the Spanish Civil War. What can such artifacts tell us about the time and place in which they were produced? What can they tell us about the authors who produced them? Do our readings of these texts say more about the time when they were produced or the times in which we read them?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Authors to be read may include (but will not be limited to): Theodor Adorno, Henri Bergson, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Ian Flemming, SIgmund Freud, Stephen Kern, Milan Kundera, Primo Levy, Czeslaw Milosz, Erich Maria Remarque, Art Spiegelman.
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Class attendance and active participation are essential to pass this course. At least one class presentation. Two short papers and one research paper.
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Only COL majors will be allowed to take this course on a credit/unsatisfactory basis. All others must take this course for a letter grade.
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