"Catacombs of Modernism: Fragments from the History of Twentieth-Century Violence".

Program start
october 2021
Program duration
1 year

About program

This course focuses on the trajectories of the relationship between literary modernism and twentieth-century experiences of violence. In the research literature, the connection between the two is usually marked by reference 1) either to the violent practices of the avant-gardists, 2) or to the complex history of convergences between modernism and fascism, 3) or to the experience of World War I and the figures of victims it generated. The lectures will attempt to go beyond such models of description. The emphasis will not be on criticizing and exposing violent practices, effects, and traces, but on the ambivalence of such an art form as the "modernist novel. By reading a number of texts and placing them in a theoretical context, it will be shown that the experience of violence does not fit into the Procrustean bed of contemporary ethical configurations that seek to minimize or exclude such experiences altogether. This course will shift the reader's attention from figures in the "front row" (Muzil, Kafka, Brecht), to authors and texts that provide less obvious but no less important routes to the subject of "violence and modernism. A prior acquaintance with the major texts in the course (some of them) is welcome, but not obligatory.

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One year cost
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