ECS 321/HUM 321 Psychoanalysis and the 20th Century Cult Poster
Professor Rubén Gallo TH 1:30pm-4:20
This course will explore the impact of Freud's writings on various aspects of 20th century culture: literature (especially the rise of surrealism), film (including the many experimental films that attempted to create a visual representation of the unconscious, like Pabst's Secrets of a Soul or Buñuel's Un chien andalou), history (focusing the debates about the political uses of psychoanalytic theory in the Soviet Union), and culture at large (the impact of psychoanalysis in other areas of cultural production, including literary criticism).
ECS 327/GER 329 Fin-de-Siècle Vienna Poster Poster
Professor Saskia Haag W 1:30pm-4:20
Focusing on the Vienna metropolis at the turn of the 20th century, this seminar examines key issues in the emergence of European modernism. A booming urban center, the old capital of the Habsburg Empire was a site of innovation in architecture and the applied arts as well as theater, literature and psychology. Through the study of a broad range of both textual and visual works by Freud, Hofmannsthal, Kraus, Loos, Klimt, Herzl and others, we will discuss the complex relationship between the reshaping of urban space, new modes of sensory experience and artistic experimentation
ECS 331/HIS 430/COM 350 The Battle of the Books: Culture Wars in Early Modern Europe Poster
Professors Anthony T. Grafton, Nikolaos Panou T 1:30pm-4:20
This course will focus on a major intellectual controversy of the 17th and 18th centuries known as the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns. Through close readings of seminal texts we will address issues pertaining to the historical significance of the Quarrel, its sociopolitical implications, and the role it played in the cultural and scientific evolution of early modern Europe. We will approach the Quarrel as a critical moment in the prehistory of modernity that resulted in a redefinition of concepts such as mimesis and originality, tradition and innovation, decline and progress.
ECS 334/MUS 334/COM 322 Gamblers, Castrati, Madwomen: An Alternate History of Enlightenment Opera in France and Italy Poster
Professor Ellen Lockhart TTh 1:30pm-2:50pm
We will recreate a "ground view" of 18th-century opera, its forgotten masterpieces and role within civic and cultural landscapes of ancien-régime Europe. Focus will be on six works: Giulio Cesare (Handel), Zoroastre (Rameau), Le devin (Rousseau), Zémire et Azor (Grétry), Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), and Nina o La pazza per amore (Paisiello). We will discuss genre and style, and the complex relationship between musical sounds and verbal meanings in both French and Italian traditions. Musical expertise welcome, not required.
COM 387/ECS 387 A Different Kind of Cinema: Can Contemporary Film Makers Resist Hollywood?
Professor Ericka A. Kiss TTh 11:00am-12:20 Poster
In this course we will survey some of the most important films of the last two decades that managed to gain international recognition despite holding on to their cultural, linguistic, and artistic particularities next to later films by the same authors (Abbas Kiarostami, Michael Haneke, Emir Kusturica, Thomas Vinterberg, and Lars von Trier) made in English with international stars. What does it mean for the art of these acknowledged filmmakers to give up their native language, actors and locations they started making films with for the language and stars of Hollywood?
SLA 345/ECS 354/COM 345 East European Literature and Politics Poster
Professor Irena G. Gross TTh 3:00pm-4:20
The seminar will analyze the way totalitarian oppression was represented and resisted in literature of the second part of the East-Central European 20th century. We will look through the lens of literature at the main political and historical issues that afflicted Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and other countries of the region. We will study texts (essays, memoirs, novels, short stories, plays and poems) which offered various ways to resist moral and political oppression. The authors will include George Orwell, Franz Kafka (as a precursor), Hannah Arendt, Vaclav Havel, Tadeusz Borowski, Bertolt Brecht, and Heda Kovaly.
ART 453/ECS 453 Caricature and Modernity: 1776-1914 Poster
Professor Anne McCauley T 1:30pm-4:20
Caricature, originally the art of distorting the human face for comic effect, provided one of the earliest challenges to the ideally “beautiful” and the academic art training that developed in Europe after the Renaissance. This course will examine the explosion of caricatural prints and comic illustrated books in France and Great Britain from the revolutions of 1776 and 1789 to World War I. Topics will include the influence of physiognomic and racial theories on caricatural depictions; French Realism and the work of Daumier; Rodolphe Töpffer and the invention of the comic strip; and the origins of Dada and Cubism in comic illustration