The Modernist City-Novel from Dublin to Döblin|
Spring 2014 not offered
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
At the height of European literary modernism in the 1920s, a series of novels set out to do the impossible: through new and complex innovations in narrative technique, they attempted to represent in its totality the modern, industrial, cosmopolitan city--the location of new and complex social configurations and individual experiences of time and space. We will examine several of these novels closely, focusing our attention on two important strategies of representation: first, the use of stream-of-consciousness narration to represent the often alienating individual experience of the city; and second, the adaptation of cinematic montage to represent the city as an organic whole existing outside the experience of any single resident. We will contextualize these strategies of representation through readings of early 20th-century sociology, social psychology, and film theory, and through viewings of relevant films from the early Soviet and German cinemas.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
ULYSSES (James Joyce, 1922)
MANHATTAN TRANSFER (John Dos Passos, 1925)
BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (Alfred Döblin, 1929)
TIME, FORWARD! (Valentin Kataev, 1933)
Also: secondary readings by Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Michel de Certeau, Sergei Eisenstein, William James, Lev Kuleshov, Georg Lukacs, Vsevolod Pudovskin, Robert Smithson, Dziga Vertov, and Raymond Williams (among others).
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Weekly reading responses (350-word maximum); term paper
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