ENGL 4560 Making it Weird: 20th Century Experiments in Literature and the Arts (Spring: 3 )
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
Last Updated: 31-Jan-17