John E Toews
Topic for Spring 2006: Modernism and Masculinity in Central Europe 1880-1930. The course will operate as a colloquium rather than a research seminar. Readings will focus on relationships between gender construction and modernism in both aesthetics and social theory.Although students will be expected to familiarize themselves with recent critical and historical studies, the primary emphasis will be on interpretative analysis of the works of important individual modernists in the context of the group constructions and erotic partnerships that marked their formation at the turn of the century. The concluding weeks will focus on the Heidegger/Arendt and Sartre/Beauvoir relationships in the 1920s and 1930s.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Each student will be expected to lead discussion of the assigned readings in one class.
No prerequisites. Some basic familiarity with modernist social theory, literature, art, psychology and philosophy in central Europe during the early 20th century would be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Written assignments will include a short review paper (5 pp.) and a longer (15 pp.) textual/contextual analysis.