Friday, 4.3.09

I gave students the next book today, Introducing Modernism by Chris Rodrigues and Chris Garratt. Unfortunately the book is out of print and I had to order used copies through Amazon from all over the country (good thing it’s a small class). Students are to be prepared to discuss:

  • Pages 4 – 55 on Wed., 4.15
  • Pages 56 – 110 on Tues., 4.21
  • Pages 111 – 173 0n Thu., 4.23

Students are to post responses (on their blogs) to the guiding questions on p. 3:

  1. What is modernism?
  2. When does modernism begin?
  3. What is the difference between modernism and “modernity”?
  4. Is modernism just a reaction to modernity?
  5. how doe we recognize a “modernist” work?
  6. Is there a modernist theory in relation to practice?
  7. What is the relation of modernism to primitivism?
  8. What is the relation of modernism to psychoanalysis?
  9. What is the role of the city in modernism
  10. Why are modernists so often “exiles”?
  11. What is the role of elites and avant-gardes in modernism?
  12. What politics did modernists espouse?
  13. How does modernism relate to mass culture?
  14. What is the relation of cinema to modernism?
  15. Has modernism ended?
Picasso: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

Picasso: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon


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