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Lisa Moore Interim, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2009

WGS 393 • Modernism, Feminism, and Radicalism

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48125 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
BUR 436B
Mickenberg

Course Description

This class will look at the coincidence of feminism, political radicalism, and artistic experimentation in the first half of the twentieth century, when experience had been redefined by technological and intellectual revolutions from Taylorism to Darwinism and the rise of psychoanalysis; and demographic transformations such as immigration, migration, and urbanization. What role did women and feminist visions play in the explosion of the "modern moment"? What is the relationship between formal experimentation in the arts and efforts to reshape the political and social landscape under the rubric of movements such as socialism, anarchism, and communism? How did "the woman question" inform or disrupt these movements? And what new understandings emerge when the "new woman" is examined in relation to other attempts to "make it new"--in education, psychology, sexuality, the arts, and other realms? At the crux of our inquiry are two questions: in what ways were feminism and radicalism defining features of modernity? LIkewise, how and why did modernity produce feminist and radical projects? With a focus on the United States but attending to international and comparative dimensions of all three phenomena, we will explore the political, artistic, and social ramifications of the attempts to re-imagine self, society, and expression from approximately 1890-1945

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