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ENGL 4560 Making it Weird: 20th Century Experiments in Literature and the Arts (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will examine radical experimentation in the arts in the 20th century. We will pair early and late works to measure how far challenges to tradition can be taken: Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Rockabye; Gertrude Stein’s Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas and Tender Buttons; William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch and The Soft Machine. We will also study a cluster of avant-garde practitioners who worked collaboratively in the latter part of the century: the artist Marcel Duchamp, the composer John Cage, and the choreographer Merce Cunningham, all of whom used elements of chance in their work.


Instructor(s): Robin Lydenberg

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 31-Jan-17