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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34710 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
WAG 208

Course Description

Modernism is the general term given for an immensely creative ferment at the beginning of the 20th Century (1900-1930) particularly for creations which supposedly broke self-consciously with cultural traditions and established their own self-sufficiency (within the terms of their esthetic) or consciously subverted established ideological hegemonies as verbal weapons. By using two crucial years as soundings in the diachronic flow of western culture, the course will permit testing of the “generational” theory that argues that each generation crystallizes about constituent elements an image of itself which distinguishes itself from other ones. Each year becomes a constellation with its own structure reflecting the esthetic, cultural and ideological concerns of the generation. The texts (from major genres as well as manifestoes, memoirs, films and opera) establish the shared norms and presuppositions as well as differences (such as the chronological and esthetic time lapses revealing the hegemonic power of the core to the periphery). The course is focused on European modernisms and their profection in time and space. Besides the core texts of Western Europe, we shall study works from minority literatures stretching from Moscow to Sao Paolo and beyond.

Grading Policy

The class will include lecture, descussion, presentations, and screenings. Mid-term/Final (and or paper) and explication de texte.


Readings: 1913 Proust, Combray Biely, St. Petersburg Mayakovsky, A Tragedy Marinetti, Manifesto Apollinaire, Cendrars Mann, Death in Venice Stamm, Sancta Sussana Matrushin, Victory Over the Sun Mandelstam, “Kamen” 1922 Proust, Time Recaptured Gordon, Mel, Dada Preformance Gordon, Mel, Expressionist Texts Mariode de Andrade, Hallucinated City Yiddish Modernist Poetry Russian Modernist Verse, Khlebnikov,etc Wittiewica, Madman and the Nun Breton, Manifest of Surrealism Svero, Confessions of Zeno Joyce, Ulysses Khlebnikov, "Zangezi" Packet of further readings


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