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HIST 7542 Graduate Colloquium: Modernity, Modernism, Postmodernism (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

This course will examine key thinkers and themes in the history of modernity, critical cultural modernism, and postmodernism. We begin with a brief overview of the complex phenomenon of modernity and the centuries-long process of modernization. We will then focus on the intellectual and cultural expressions of modernism in the years it flourished (c. 1850–1960) as modernity’s self-conscious or self-critical side. Next, we will investigate the various meanings of “the postmodern” during the 1980s and 1990s. In conclusion we ask: What comes “after” postmodernism? and What relevance do the terms modernity, modernism, and postmodernism have today?


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Julian Bourg

Prerequisites: Graduate level standing or permission of instructor

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Last Updated: 16-Feb-15