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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2009

AMS 390 • Modernism, Feminism, and Radicalism

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29425 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
BUR 436B

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 was 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.


Rita Felski, The Gender of Modernity Christine Stansell, American Moderns Marshall Berman, All that is Solid Melts into Air Leila J. Rupp, Worlds of Women: The Making of an International Women's Movement Dolores Hayden, The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for Homes, Neighborhoods and Cities Mari Jo Buhle, Feminism and Its Discontents: A Century of Struggle With Psychoanalysis Elaine Showalter, Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siecle Jean Lutes, Front Page Girls: Women Journalists in American Culture and Fiction, 1880-1930 Wendy Goldman, Women, the State, and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 Ellen Graff, Stepping Left: Dance and Politics in New York City, 1928-1942 Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Portraits of the New Negro Woman: Visual and Literary Culture in the Harlem Renaissance Brent Hayes Edwards, The Practice of Diaspora: The Rise of Black Internationalism Paula Rabinowitz, Labor and Desire: Women's Revolutionary Fiction in Depression America Meredith Tax, The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880-1917 Lois Rudnick, Mabel Dodge Luhan: New Woman, New Worlds Shari Benstock, Women of the Left Bank Kim Nielsen, Un-American Womanhood: Antiradicalism, Antifeminism, and the First Red Scare Kathleen Pyne, Modernism and the Feminine Voice: O'Keefe and the Women of the Stieglitz Cirle John D'Emilio and Estelle Freeman, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays V.F. Calverton and Samuel Schmalhausen, eds., Sex in Civilization ------, Woman's Coming of Age August Bebel, Woman Under Socialsm Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland


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