Exile Modernism: German Kultur, American Culture|
Fall 2008 not offered
COL 302, AMST 303|
With the failure of the Weimar Republic and Hitler's rise to power in 1933, many of Germany's most significant and prolific artists and intellectuals were forced to flee the country. The United States welcomed a good number of these refugees, and Los Angeles, the center of the film industry, became the most attractive location for German and Austrian emigrants. While of course not all exiles aspired to work in Hollywood, the L.A. area housed a uniquely fertile mix of creative talents working in film, music, literature, and philosophy. In this course, we will study the productive tensions that ensued from the confrontations between German and European practices of modernist art and "high" culture on the one hand, and more democratic, egalitarian ideas and habits of cultural life in the United States on the other, asking in particular how the encounter with commercial popular culture and with American democracy was reflected in the various "modernist" works that the exiles produced during their time in L.A. Artists and intellectuals studied in this course include the writers Bertolt Brecht, Thomas Mann, and Alfred Döblin; the composers Hanns Eisler and Arnold Schönberg; the directors Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, and Ernst Lubitsch; and the philosophers Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Intercultural Literacy: Students will study to a variety of materials representing a the encounter between different cultures.
Interpretation: Students will learn how to make sense of verbal and non-verbal material.
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Thomas Mann, DR. FAUSTUS; JOSEPH THE PROVIDER
Alfred Döblin, Karl and Rosa
Theodor W. Adorno, MINIMA MORALIA; PHILOSOPHY OF NEW MUSIC
Adorno and Max Horkheimer, DIALECTIC OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Adorno and Hanns Eisler, Composing for Films
Hanns Eisler and Bertolt Brecht, HOLLYWOOD SONGBOOK
Brecht, THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTUOR UI; Journals
Fritz Lang, FURY; YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE; YOU AND ME; HANGMEN ALSO DIE; RANCHO NOTORIOUS
Billy Wilder, ONE, TWO, THREE; A FOREIGN AFFAIR; WITNESS TO THE PROSECUTION
Ernst Lubitsch, NINOTCHKA; TO BE OR NOT TO BE
Arnold Schönberg, A SURVIVOR IN WARSAW
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly reading responses, three longer research papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and participation expected. Students who know German are encouraged to do some of the readings in the original.
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