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FRESHMAN SEMINAR:TOPIC FOR SPRING 2020: PARIS AND THE AVANT-GARDE

Comparative Literature 249C - Spring 2020

Taught in English The avant-garde refers to writers, artists, and composers whose work challenges mainstream cultural values. This course proposes to look at the works, places, and ideas of the avant-garde in Paris, where creative energy was cultivated in flamboyant, and sometimes debauched cafes and bars; in Montmartre; along the flâneurs' routes; through dusty Arcades, galleries, and private homes. We will study texts by Baudelaire, Balzac, Rimbaud, and Verlaine; art by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists; Surrealism; and works of the American Expatriates (Josephine Baker, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes). Our exploration will include the arrival of jazz music in Paris, along with the Parisian fascination with so-called "primitive art," and the Existentialists.
Course Attributes: FYSBU HumBU ISFA HUM

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FRESHMAN SEMINAR:TOPIC FOR SPRING 2020: PARIS AND THE AVANT-GARDE
INSTRUCTOR: Allen
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