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ENGL 4114 Modernism and Visual Culture (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

In 1897, Joseph Conrad wrote that the task of the modern novelist is, “by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel—it is, before all, to make you see.” In this class we will concern ourselves with the relationship between literature and the visual arts as it unfolded over (roughly) the last century and a half – from 1863 (when Édouard Manet exhibited his scandalous Luncheon on the Grass at the “Salon of the Refused” in Paris) to the present. We will likely attend to works of painting (Manet, Picasso, Pollock, Twombly); literature (Conrad, Lewis, H. D., Woolf); film (Eisenstein, Vertov, Godard); and criticism (Fry, Greenberg, Jameson, Fried).

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Robert Lehman

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17