Wagner and Modernism|
Fall 2012 not offered
GRST 239, GELT 239, FRST 339, COL 349, MUSC 285|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course focuses on Richard Wagner and his complicated legacy to modernism in Europe from the 1860s through the 1920s, before his art was co-opted by totalitarian regimes in Europe. Wagner's work stands at the crux of debates surrounding a modernist aesthetic. Key questions raised by his work are the relationship between poetry, music, dance, and the visual arts; art and religion; art and racism; art and a mass audience; art and politics; synaesthesia; and the relationship between abstraction and figuration.
We will begin by analyzing Wagner's music and writings, and especially his idea of the GESAMTKUSNTWERK. The core of the course, however, will consist of looking at the idea that Wagner represented for visual artists in France, Germany, and Italy after the composer's death in 1883. Artistic movements that we will examine include symbolism, German expressionism, the German werkbund, Italian futurism, and the Bauhaus. We will also look at the influential writings on Wagner by Stéphane Mallarmé and Friedrich Nietzsche, as well as post-Wagnerian theories of stage design by Adolphe Appia, Georg Fuchs, and Edward Gordon Craig in so far as these helped shape visual arts production.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(GRST-MN)(GRST)(MUSC)(RMST)
Richard Wagner, WAGNER ON MUSIC AND DRAMA
Friedrich Nietzsche, THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY AND THE CASE OF WAGONER
Kandinksy, ON THE SPIRITUAL IN ART
Theodor Adorno, IN SEARCH OF WAGNER
A course reader with primary texts by Charles Baudelaire, Stephane Mallarme, Paul Gauguin, F.T. Marinetti, Carlo Carra, and Clement Greenberg. Secondary texts include studies on Gauguin, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Futurism, Nazi art and Socialist Realism.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short weekly response papers, oral presentation, 15 page research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course will draw students' attention to the diverse ways in which a single oeuvre -- the writings and music of Richard Wagner -- have been interpreted. Students will be asked to write a substantial research paper.
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