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ENGL 1063 Triumphs and Failures of Modern Man (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

The hallmarks of modernity—urbanization, industrialization, democratization, and the advent of scientific positivism, among others—ushered in dramatically new paradigms for life in the early 20th century: technological advancement but horrific new wars, unimagined knowledge but a questioning of the very means by which we know, a novel science of the soul but growing alienation from reality and the self, new rights and privileges for the disenfranchised but stark contrasts in urban and rural life. This course examines the crises of modernism while seeking to understand how arts and letters give voice to the triumphs and failings of modern humankind. Among the texts discussed are works by Expressionist poets, Weimar films, modernist visual art, and the prose of Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Sigmund Freud, and others.


Instructor(s): Daniel Bowles

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: GERM1063

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Last Updated: 03-May-16